Monthly Archives: October 2020

Moving Night

After my suburban childhood, dense city neighborhoods seemed magical. On a summer’s day, with every window open, the barrier between indoors and out seemed barely to exist. I could hear people talking as they passed on the sidewalk below, or … Continue reading

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All Souls

In the movie, the young couple are surrounded by boxes in their atmospheric house. The husband goes out to return the U-Haul, an errand that will take a couple of hours; the wife stays to unpack. She happily putters around; … Continue reading

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Father Florio

I dreamed that Father Florio came back for a visit. I was standing in front of the pulpit looking out at a crowd of excited people clustered in the pews when suddenly there he was, making his way down the … Continue reading

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Children’s Service

More stories, that’s what’s needed, because everything that motivated this blog was shot to smithereens by the COVID shut-down, and I can’t write about the things I intended to. I thought I would be commuting and very naturally writing about … Continue reading

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Beside Me

Sit with me. You understand You’re second best. You won’t answer no matter what I say. There used to be someone who would answer. My childhood bedroom was in the front of our little ranch house. My windows looked up … Continue reading

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Winter Night Paper Boy

The file where I store my drafts for this blog is full of the most downhearted things imaginable. I am sparing you topics called “Running on Empty” and “Asunder” and “Barriers.” Do they sound uplifting or what. No! It’s dark … Continue reading

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Yesterday I had a hard deadline and was able to focus all day. I met that goal and today I can barely keep my head from floating away. Our software engineers are in India, where life is nine and a … Continue reading

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Someone with Me

God is with me. No. Jesus is with me. Well, no. But I imagine that he is. The reality is, I am missing someone terribly. A human being. I am mourning for a life that is over. So I imagine … Continue reading

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Beatitudes: What You Want, part 2

The use of the emphatic pronoun αυτοϛ is as if a 65-year-old man met his 38-year-old daughter in a neighborhood of Leominster, Masssachusetts, and stood on the sidewalk with her, considering a house. “Very nice,” he said, “Very pleasant-looking house. … Continue reading

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