Trouble

On the first day of school I had a run-in with one of my fifth graders. I thought, “Oh, Tony is going to be trouble.” And he was. By the end of September I was at my wits end. Collapsing into a teachers’ lounge chair I sighed, “Somebody tell me…

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Our new home

Today I attended the dedication of the new church in the parish where I had ministered for seven years. It was great to see so many people with whom I had worked over those years at such an exciting celebration. The church was packed. There was an excitement that was…

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Walking on water

There’s one in every crowd. The Apostles are peering through the dark at the person (hallucination? demon? ghost?) walking toward them over the water. Peter decides to resolve the debate by getting out of the boat! “Lord, if it is you …” Then, teetering on a wave, he panics: What…

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Rooted!

On a recent visit with family in Florida, I decided to take a picture of a beautiful Norfolk Pine that stands proudly in their back yard. This tree, four years ago, was part of a Christmas gift I gave my sister and brother-in-law. At that time it resided in a…

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Seen and unseen

Today, a wild fire broke out near where I live. Well, actually, it is a good distance from where I live but the billowing smoke is visible. The fire is another reminder of how dry we are here in Southern California as the drought continues to manifest itself in many…

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All life is precious

The American Red Cross states: “There’s an emergency need for blood. In just an hour of your time, you can help save up to three lives.” This week, once again, I donated blood to the American Red Cross. Eight donations is a gallon of blood. I have donated 136 times…

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Just as I am

Today on my way to work I saw three people with impossibly red hair. People put on makeup, paint their nails, cover themselves with tattoos, and pierce their ears, noses, and tongues. I keep trying to curl my straight hair; others struggle to do the opposite. And who doesn’t at…

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Morning mystery

I love summer! I love morning, early morning, before daylight makes its appearance! Coffee in hand, I make my way to the patio. It’s blessedly quiet. There in the darkness I become a silent observer of the waning moments of the nocturnal world. A small opossum makes its way along…

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Why?

I’m a closet archeologist. When National Geographic has an article on early humans, when PBS is digging up pottery shards and bones, I’m right in the front row. I think it is amazing what we can learn from the bones of a thousand-year-old child … Oh. A child. That means…

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It’s okay to be cracked

I read this somewhere: there was once a man who went to the river every morning to fill two water jars. One leaked, and was always half empty by the time he reached home. One day the cracked jar apologized, suggesting that the man discard it and get a better…

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