Category Archives: Weekly Ponderings

a weekly pondering shared with the congregation

a letter from one white mother to another…

I am a mother. To be more specific, I am a white woman mother of a son. And I am writing to other white mothers with an earnest appeal to begin a long overdue conversation. To be fair, this is … Continue reading

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a christmas prayer… for being, awareness and love

Timidly I wade into the Christmas machine and wonder if this might be the year that I find balance. For many years I did my best to create the Martha Stewart Christmas with spiritual depth on a minister’s budget. Let’s … Continue reading

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charity challenges

Although it is yesterday’s news, I was really struck by the important and untended lessons in the story of the NYC police officer buying shoes for the homeless vet that wasn’t homeless. Apparently a passing tourist took a photo of … Continue reading

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ssm’s (silly stupid mistakes) which are neither

A project that has consumed my spare moments this fall is preparing for a big math test. It turns out that in this era of high stakes testing for kids, we do the same for teachers so in order to … Continue reading

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thanksgiving fog

As we move somewhat blithely into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in middle America, Wal-Mart workers are planning a (first-ever?) strike, bombs are reigning with new passion in Gaza, and the weather this morning is utterly bizarre.   Despite the worldly events … Continue reading

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giving thanks for limbo-land (really)

Limbo is the place between here and there, the place that is the already and the not yet.  It is an uncomfortable place and often associated with all kinds of negativity, but as I write from this place I am … Continue reading

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Friend #549 – Lost to the Celebration

Yesterday I lost a friend. As the day dawned we were friends, by nightfall we were not. Once again the comma holds the story. This friend was a childhood neighbor. He lived across the field and we were in classes … Continue reading

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Post-Sandy Musing: Take your Truffula Seeds and Vote

Marrying a science teacher has amazing perks and only a couple of drawbacks. Touring a few of our National Parks on our honeymoon, I had the privilege of “seeing” the parks through the eyes of science teacher. In park after … Continue reading

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blue or red in a yellow land

The first time that I had the privilege of leading a congregation through a presidential election, my toes were tapping to the sound of Fleetwood Mac singing, “Don’t stop, thinking about tomorrow.” The promise of the song felt natural to … Continue reading

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falling with the autumn leaves

As the leaves dance to the earth, I am keenly aware of the breath holding them in their descent. This is the breath that fills my lungs, calms my soul, and connects me with you. This summer I turned 50 … Continue reading

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