Category Archives: Random Thoughts

spring without training wheels

The dumpster in the lower church lot is sitting in front of the last mound of snow bearing witness as neighbors walk by in shorts. Two weeks ago, a blizzard; today, lunch on the patio. Although the shape and character … Continue reading

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and when it’s time to let go…

“At what cost?” was the question put to me some years ago when I found myself cornered. At the time the words seemed cruel because they implied that to refrain from movement was an option and increasingly I was aware … Continue reading

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compassion is lighting a candle… and signing a petition

The law is clear and damning. But what of compassion? A mom is raising two children on her own. She is working full time and going to school nights, realizing that the only way out of poverty is through education. … Continue reading

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this little light of mine… where shall I let it shine?

A friend called this week to talk about a news story that I have studiously avoided. The story involved the personal life of a public figure and the choices of consenting adults. Following my own struggle to sort a private … Continue reading

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finding authenticity in memphis

As I swept through the church basement one last time, collecting miscellaneous socks before climbing in one of the vans filled with teenage energy, I had to laugh at myself. My very first youth event (more than two decades ago), … Continue reading

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gentle alarms and other oxymorons

I suppose that gentle alarm clock is an oxymoron, but I think it’s time to entertain literary intrigue. Admittedly the first week back is grueling by any account, and as a minister my days are generally scrambled. I’m off when … Continue reading

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gay marriage: it’s personal

When I joined my interfaith colleagues around the table at Temple Israel in a shared commitment to work for justice, I had only a vague awareness that the issue was a personal one. I was a married-to-a-man woman with two … Continue reading

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the day before the day before… beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

When the star in the sky is gone, When the Kings and Princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flocks, The work of Christmas begins. To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry … Continue reading

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christmas pajamas and yearning revealed

My children were babies and I a svelte size 6 when I made my first foray into Christmas morning matching pajamas. The size of the mother is notable because that first Christmas, I donned the entire crew (self included) in … Continue reading

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Jesus… a not-white baby

On my way to church yesterday I noticed the plastic lawn sculpture. The nativity: Mary, Joseph, the baby. It was a large set and lighted. I slowed down to admire the scene, a heart-warming kitschy display, and then I saw … Continue reading

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