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Rest and Play

My birthday was earlier this month. It was lovely, with friends and family around me. And not one, but two birthday cakes. In the wake of another birthday, I am slowly and surely coming to acknowledge the earth-shaking importance of … Continue reading

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Adds and Drops

When I was in college, “adds and drops” day came a few weeks after each semester started. I sometimes would sign up for a fuller class load in the beginning so that I could have the option of “dropping” the … Continue reading

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The Feast Day of Saints Next and Now

Today I decided to observe the Feast Day of Saints Next and Now. In my practice I honored Saint Now by bowing to my to do list And glorified Saint Next by dreaming of all the better times that surely … Continue reading

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A Summer’s End Night Dream

As summer ends, the seasons begin to shift and turn again.  Although our climate in Texas does not feel autumnal, in the landscape of the soul there are whispers of fall’s inflection.  These are transition times when dreams might announce a … Continue reading

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Returning to Life

It has been almost ten months since my last Apparent Grace post. Soon it will be a year…but not yet. So there is still time to recall last June, last Trinity Sunday and hopes of beginning again. And there is … Continue reading

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Trinity Sunday…the day after…a new start

Yesterday was the day on the Christian liturgical calendar known as “Trinity Sunday.” The Sunday following Pentecost (the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit)…early June and the beginning of summer. I have had several memorable Trinity Sundays.  One … Continue reading

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Let every heart prepare Him room

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Inclusivity?

Recently I have been listening to a number of conversations in and around our church about inclusivity…and I have found myself thinking about inclusivity as a spiritual practice.  Many who endorse the title of “progressive Christian” also endorse the virtue of inclusivity … Continue reading

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Adolescent Christmas

Earlier this week, my husband and I attended a holiday gathering of friends.  After dinner, our hostess invited everyone  to share a Christmas memory.  All of those present were at least middle-aged.  There were a few memories offered of recent Christmases–our … Continue reading

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(At Least) Four Ways to Approach the Holidays

Way #1:  Exuberant planning for perfect holiday celebrations, decorations, gifts AND wrapping, dinners, parties, wardrobe, cards and greetings, concerts, outings, reunions, and family relationships–all with photogenic smiles and all with impeccable outcomes.  This is the approach that sells magazines.  I … Continue reading

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