These Fragile Years

These Fragile Years

Handwashing my mother’s best crystal goblets recently, a wedding gift from about 1954, I was truly struck by how fragile and beautifully crafted they are. Thin as a glaze of freezing rain on a windshield, they look as if someone sang a high note or spoke harshly, they...
The High Thin Spaces

The High Thin Spaces

I’m 32,000 feet above Lake Michigan.  It’s -51 degrees outside the Delta 737 I’m a passenger in.  In 1600 miles I hope to touch down to earth again.  As I look out the window of the plane I am recalling some words spoken by a Protestant pastor during a retreat I was...
I Hear You……Father

I Hear You……Father

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts” – Ps.95 One of the most surprising aspects I learned after the death of my father three months ago was that I was struggling within my mind to recall what his voice sounded like.  Of course we have video...
Marking Time: Numbers that Count

Marking Time: Numbers that Count

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. – Emily Dickinson Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. – Lao Tzu The past is never dead. It’s not even past. – William Faulkner   Have you ever found yourself...
A Matter of Mummers

A Matter of Mummers

Growing up on the outskirts of Philadelphia as I did, you learn early on that The Mummers are the most Philadelphian of traditions.  What are Mummers?  If you don’t know, close your eyes, and picture Mardi Gras, Masquerade, Italian Carnavale, Three Stooges sketch...