Monthly Archives: December 2011

Paradise, lost

Christmas day, 2011, Port Charlotte, Florida Advertisements

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For better or worse: family

The year-end questions are different this year. “I’m sure you’re really excited about coming here,” taunts my mother-in-law on the phone one Sunday, eliciting a shush from my father-in-law and this from my husband, a half-truth at best: “We’re happy … Continue reading

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Cold to the bones

A Chicagoan by birth, my mother-in-law comes from hardy Nordic stalk. You have to be hardy, I think, to face lutefisk and pickled herring each Christmas Eve, tempered only by mild potato sausage. She lived all of her life in … Continue reading

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wings of man

I may be descended from bootleggers or bankers, tradesmen or kings. I may have soldiers’ grit in my blood, the courage of explorers, or the soul of poets past. But I know for a fact that I was born with … Continue reading

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sense memory

As I think of my life in terms of the senses, I realize just how rich sense memory truly is. This piece was originally written for a Glen Online class with Lindsey Crittenden at Image Journal and appears here in … Continue reading

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darkness and light

We observe the winter solstice in many ways. Palmer Church offers a Longest Night Service on December 21st, an acknowledgment of the darkest day and the darkness in our lives. We have the opportunity to lay our cares on God … Continue reading

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A Lenten Discipline for the Advent Season

Fred and I are downsizing. We’ve been at it for a year now. Our voices echo off bare walls in the nearly empty walk-in closet in the guest bedroom as we box up the last of the Christmas sweaters, the … Continue reading

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