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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

A very short and possibly overly personal reflection on the topic of the Uniform Series text (Genesis 17:1-14) for Sunday, September 10, which was also the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time: It was difficult. It was difficult to do the … Continue reading

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My Mother’s Yankee Daughter

Here is a story that became a legend in our family: We were driving to church. My brother and I were kids. We were talking about the Civil War. Both of us knew it was fought to end slavery and … Continue reading

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Remembering Political Correctness

Lately – that is, over the past year or so – I have heard more and more references to “political correctness.” I used to think I knew what that term meant. Now, however, I have concluded that it is yet … Continue reading

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Dead Petunias

It’s that time of year again. It’s been hot. The novelty has worn off. The sense of resolve (“This year it will be different. This year I will be different.”) has worn off, too. There has been a string of … Continue reading

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A Really Impressive Creation Story

We spent the past week or so being tourists in and around the Wisconsin Dells. The name “Dells” comes from a French word, dalles, that means “narrows.” It refers to the place where the Wisconsin River more or less squeezes … Continue reading

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Two Poems by Christina Rossetti

This morning, fourteenth Sunday in ordinary time, the breeze, as I was sitting on the balcony of the hotel where we are staying for vacation, and noticing the rustling in the tall grass that architecturally landscapes the view so as … Continue reading

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Shehecheyanu

The girls are graduating from high school. It has required delicate logistical negotiations, because their graduations are on the same day, and too far apart, so yesterday we drove seven hours (round trip) to see our niece graduate from technical … Continue reading

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