Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Brothers Karamozov and Me

A review of Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky’s crowning literary masterpiece, thoughts on God and the search for Truth, and my reaction to one of the greatest novels I’ve ever read. Continue reading

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Mommy, do I have Catholic or Jews in me?

Her question made me laugh out loud, and my heart warmed at the wondering, because don’t we all long to know where we come from and don’t we desire to be distinct and remarkable? Mommy, do I have Catholic or … Continue reading

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All Things Bright and Beautiful

Out my wintry window today, I think of Mrs. Cecil Alexander, who penned in 1848, “All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful; The Lord God made them all.” My older son says … Continue reading

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Thursday Threads

Good Thursday to you! I’m too busy to write much or write well, but here are some threads catching my attention today. 1. The Iron Lady. This film is a biopic on Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of The United Kingdom … Continue reading

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The Wind and Leaves on Veterans Day

The wind, he wasn’t going to miss the parade. Swiftly, anticipating, as one enthusiastically awaits a spectacular homecoming, he gathered himself from the four corners and whirled in with the leaves. I saw him, I heard the whispers. “Honor, valor, … Continue reading

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Thanking God for Mrs. Young

The wooden bench in the hallway, between the pot-bellied stove and the hanging ivy in a macramé plant holder, that was where I learned to love. Continue reading

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To honor when it isn’t fair

Oh, grace to cleanse my irritated soul. The way she shuffles, asks again what day it is, tells me she forgot how to whistle, burps at the table, a thousand ways that need grace.
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The House of the Lord on the Ocean

The house of the Lord is all around and they entered it there in the surf.
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