November 2011

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Week 1, Day 4: Real

On a cool November evening, I walked up to my friends’ house, just a couple of minutes late for dinner because of the rush hour traffic. They had invited a couple of us to share some leftovers, and I was hungry. As I approached the door, I noticed the beautiful potted flowers sitting on their […] Read more

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Week 1, Day 3: Roots

Friends were coming for dinner Sunday to light the first Advent candle, so I decided to make stew – a thick, rich stew full of root vegetables and hearty chunks of beef. Saturday, I had purchased four long, skinny yams from an Amish farmer with a bowl haircut. His stand at the farmers market had […] Read more

First Sunday of Advent

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to […] Read more

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Forward and Backward

Forward and backward, forward and backward. I pushed the carpet shampooer forward and backward as I cleaned the rugs in my living room and hallway. With a dog in the house, my mom thought I needed to have my own Bissell hot water cleaner, so she bought it for me as a gift a few […] Read more

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There and Back Again: Night Things

I was laying in my bed; it was 2 a.m.; I was awake. About two hours earlier, my one-year-old black Labrador Retriever, Tilly, crawled out from under the covers where she was sleeping with me, and vomited right on top of the quilt. I was initially disgusted, then I was frustrated, then I realized she […] Read more

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Two Gratitudes

Yesterday, my friend Kelly and I attended a live production of It’s a Wonderful Life. With such a classic story from the movie we all watch during the holiday season, I wondered whether a local cast could pull it off. All morning I was doing my best Jimmy Stewart impression, “Mary, Mary!” my gravelly voice […] Read more