Jefferson’s Diamonds

As we turn our attention toward honoring American presidents during February, Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, comes to mind.  During his eight years in office as our 3rd president (1801-1809), Jefferson devoted regular,...

Nothing Heard

I am alone on this night road, with nothing for company but the hum of the tires, the purr of the engine, and the transmissions – some as strong as if the speaker were sitting next to me, some barely audible beneath the static – fading in and out of the radio lying on...

Practicing Gratefulness

“For this and all we are about to receive, may we be truly grateful, Lord.”  – Traditional Meal Blessing I like to think I practice “an attitude of gratitude” for all the blessings I receive on a daily basis.  I do much better on some days than others, but I still...

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...

A LESSON FROM THE CRITTERS

I began with a simple intention of feeding the squirrels.  It must have been a nudge from God to do so.  Remember when Francis said how he could not abide the pesky flies?  This is how I felt concerning the squirrels, especially one in particular who would push dirt...

Life Is Precious

“Every Life counts: from the beginning to the end, from conception to natural death.”  Pope Francis, on January 19, 2018 posted this on Twitter.  Today, January 22, is the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.  According to the United States...

Threshold Ponderings

As we still stand on the threshold of a new year I would venture to say that most of us breathed a huge sigh of relief when we turned the calendar over to 2021, and yet, in many ways, we still carry 2020 with us.  COVID-19 is still here.  Racial injustice and...

Oak Tree

Oak Tree I am holding on to my leaves like a cloak protecting me from the freeze.   I’m not read to let go to bare myself to be vulnerable to the next season.   But I know in time I will have no choice my covering will drop and I will be exposed.  ...

WHY DO WE NEED THE CHRISTMAS SEASON?

It seems it is customary in our culture, to remove the Christmas tree, Christmas decorations both indoors and out as quickly as possible after December 25.  Perhaps this year it will be different.  Most Christian Traditions celebrate Christmas beyond December 25. ...

Lean In Toward the Light

The people living in darkness have seen a great light; On those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.  Mt. 4:16   “Today is now, tomorrow beckons. Lean in toward the light. Keep practicing the resurrection.” ¹  Carrie Newcomer I don’t...

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