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Without planning, there’s no garden

January 2, 2016 Each fall when I put the garden to bed I dream about the season that is to come. I am not sure at this point just what that season will bring. more »»

‘Awww, yeah, Disney’s back!’

January 2, 2016 I have a lot of movies on VHS. Do kids these days even know what those are? They’re these big-ish, usually black plastic bricks with actual tape inside Google it. more »»

Learning to float

January 2, 2016 — When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you…” (Isaiah 43:2 NRSV) I was caught in the undertow. more »»

Flooded with(out) tranquility

December 31, 2015 We had a tranquil Christmas vacation, traveling only to see local family and to the Warren Public Library. The tranquillity came to an abrupt end Sunday morning. more »»

Common sense: ‘Today, I will do what I can’

December 31, 2015 New Year’s Day is grounded in tradition — celebrations, parades, football games, and resolutions. According to vocabulary. more »»

At the corner of Market & Maycomb

December 28, 2015 I’ve always wanted to go to Maycomb. Since the first time I read To Kill a Mockingbird —for eighth grade English, if I recall — I’ve been enchanted by the idea of the place. more »»

Lighting up the season

December 26, 2015 I’m a sucker for most things Christmas. Or maybe I’m just a kid at heart. I even love the early Christmas carols – they make my heart sing. The story of the Bethlehem journey renews my faith. more »»

Time for a fresh start

December 26, 2015 When I think about a new year I think about a fresh start. Whatever happened in 2015 is left behind and there is a chance for a new beginning. more »»

Lessons from Oz

December 26, 2015 I’ve just loved to watch the great Christmas movies. Got to see “A Christmas Story,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and, especially, the older ones like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Miracle on 34th St. more »»

Putting on one shoe at a time

December 26, 2015 I’m not a fashion guru. I didn’t stay at a hotel that would make me one, either. Still, I try to make sure my clothes don’t make me look silly. I think I succeed at that most of the time. more »»

The Force is not spoiled in this one

December 21, 2015 One of my favorite characters from the reboot of “Doctor Who” is called River Song. more »»

Remembering those who came before us

December 19, 2015 Christmas is always a time of remembering for me. We lost several close family members during this otherwise joyful season. more »»

As I make plans to leave

December 19, 2015 As I move ever closer to retirement, I’m being asked to identify my most favorite things about my time with the agency. more »»

To be reminded

December 19, 2015 Advent has never been that meaningful for me. I came to the liturgical tradition late in life and was perplexed at the mainline church’s approach to the four weeks leading up to Christmas. more »»


December 19, 2015 As I am writing this, I am watching a clock. T minus 14 hours before Cara is on a plane and headed home for a 3 week Christmas break. more »»

That’s the way the cookie crumbles

December 19, 2015 It was another rough day at work. more »»


December 19, 2015 Too big for itself? It seems that the GOP candidates for president are constantly looking for reasons to critique the federal government as too large. more »»

A great time for burbot fishing

December 17, 2015 Most years we are lucky to get a few days when the weather is right to fish for burbot. This year, there have been few days when conditions have not been right. more »»

25 years to the day

December 16, 2015 It’s been 25 years. I was a junior in high school, 25 years ago — December 16, 1990. It was a Sunday. We were having meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn for dinner. I was drinking orange Sunkist. more »»

Christmas customs in Small Town, USA

December 5, 2015 Christmas customs in small town U.S.A. have not really changed all that much in the last thirty years or so. The customs that we hold near and dear are much the same. more »»



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