Monthly Archives: December 2020

Praying in My Own Words, part 1

If I was going to pray to You off the top of my head, without the benefit of the Book of Common Prayer, I might talk about things that are too hard to mention, they are too painful, and You … Continue reading

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Why I Am Becoming More Christian

What could cause a human being, previously a worshipper of the unitary, monotheistic I AM, to write this: God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live … Continue reading

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Can’t Complain

I don’t have anything to say to You any more. It’s a good thing the Book of Common Prayer exists. If I only knew about extemporaneous prayer, I would never pray at all. You know what’s going on: I live … Continue reading

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Other People’s Layoffs, part 2

You’re a contractor, diligently working in your cubicle. You are disconnected from a lot of information-sharing and you don’t know many of the people around you. How do you realize a layoff is happening? Aural cues: Footsteps that are faster … Continue reading

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Other People’s Layoffs, part 1

When I got laid off that first time, I was a newbie in my field and thought I would not be able to find work as a contractor, or consultant if I was trying to sound impressive. Really, I was … Continue reading

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Always Quiet House

This is existence – my existence: the fragile, dispersed family. Work. Activities and friends, dear ones, at church. At other times there have been social-justice actions – always modest, never self-sacrificial. There are hours and hours of isolation, and I … Continue reading

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Career Change

After a few years of teaching, and hating to be at the head of the classroom, I got hired as an intern and my tech-adjacent career began. My first tech employer had recently hit the big time, signing a contract … Continue reading

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Places

Sometimes, in stories, there’s a haven. It can be physical, like Mr. and Mrs. Beaver’s house in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Hannah’s cottage in The Witch of Blackbird Cove. Or it can be emotional, like Fezziwig’s … Continue reading

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Place of Business

Routine’s a good thing. Economic stability is a really good thing. You can put up with a lot in order to have those things. My routine work life occurred in a rabbit warren of hallways and cubicle alleys jammed into … Continue reading

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