B(u)y the Book, By the Sea, Bipolar

“Summertime and the Livin’ is…” George Gershwin A bibliophile, my book stack is always piled high. There are so many reasons why I read but the beauty of a book, no matter what it is about, is that it can be read anywhere. Portable inspiration, intellectual inquiry, history, mystery, biography, theology, romance, and travelogue. Over…

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Waiting for Georgia

I’m not much of a poet, but I felt compelled to write this poem almost a year ago, during the height of the pandemic, while waiting for the arrival of our daughter, Georgie, who is almost 10 months now.  With a full heart, we took this pic together on our first family vacation to Newport,…

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“Summertime and the Livin’ is Blank.” : Blog Prompt on Voices!

George Gershwin composed “Summertime” — the  iconic song for the opera Porgy & Bess  in 1933. Gershwin wanted to craft a spiritual in the style of  an African American folk tune. The lyrics, based on Heyward Dubose’s poem, were inspired by the lullaby “All My Trials.” The song sings of a summer of loss and longing. “Summertime” is sung several times throughout the opera. Its…

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Ave Maria

Are You My Mother? is a classic little children’s book by P.D. Eastman. A little bird falls out of his nest and goes in search of his mother. She has not abandoned him however, she has just gone off to dig up a few worms for his supper. Freshly hatched from his egg, he doesn’t know…

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Being Pruned Sucks!

As most of you know, we have a lot of children in our parish and preschool.  I love watching your children grow, and I marvel at the rapid changes in their lives, changes that daily take place.  One of the things I find so fascinating is the independence that begins to develop at a very…

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The Iona Shepherd

“I am the good shepherd.”  John 10:11 How many times have we read or heard these words? To nearly all of us city-dwellers, shepherds are creatures of Sunday School stories and fairy tales. Not REAL people. But shepherds are real people, even in 2021, and I have learned some important lessons from a precious friend who is a real-life shepherd.  …

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The Magic of Easter

There we stood, the parish priest, the janitor, and me. The sink in the newly-renovated parish kitchen was emitting a gentle jet of water, straight up and out of the base of the faucet, which gracefully landed—thankfully—in the sink. The three of us stood in silence for a while, gaping, amazed that a brand-new sink…

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Easter is Absurd

Easter is absurd. Death on a cross followed by resurrection after a few days? That’s crazy. The miracles Jesus performed in his life before that? Also, absurd. When I stop and think about the billions of Christians over time who have bought into this story, I kind of can’t believe it.  But on the flip…

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