Yay, Lent!

Hallelujah, it’s Lent! (OK, forgot to bury the alleluia last night.) Excuse me if I’m excited, because I know part of the tradition is sackcloth and ashes, sorrow and repentance, fasting and more fasting. But oh, isn’t it wonderful to have a justifiable opportunity, an excuse, if you...

Away, Manger!

The Christmas tree finally came down this past Sunday, along with the rest of the decorations that were still up. We tend to be a wait-until-the-last-possible-moment-before-Christmas-to-decorate kind of family; if it weren’t so darn impractical, I’d start to decorate on December 24. Indeed,...

Chasing Light

In just a few more days, on December 21, the light will begin to shift. Slowly, gently, carefully, the days will start to lengthen and the nights will grow shorter. An awful lot of people whom I’ve talked to recently seem particularly stressed this Advent. No matter what you believe about the notion...

Please Don’t Pass the Turkey

On behalf of vegetarians, pescetarians, vegans, and those who just don’t like fowl: Phew! We made it through another Thanksgiving. The annual celebration of all things turkey is done for another year, and for that I am grateful. I stopped eating meat five years ago, but even a few years before that I...

Retracing My Steps

I went back to the desert for a few days last week. Not a metaphorical desert, as is my wont during Lent or other times of spiritual need, but to Phoenix, AZ. Back in the 1980s, I had lived there for five years as a newlywed, and had not been back since a trip there for a conference in 1992. A few months...

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