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Sunday Best – May 2, 2021

Happy May Day weekend, friends! The past few years I’ve been noting the ancient Celtic calendar markers that fall in-between equinox and solstice. This weekend is Bealtaine, the peak of springtime, season of planting and renewal. Without seeing a calendar, I know that the trillium must be blooming in the woods, because my grandma’s rhubarb […]

Sunday Best – April 25, 2021

This past week I spent an inordinate amount of time organizing – lining up data in neat columns, sorting laundry, reviewing answers to an endless bureaucratic questionnaire – all of which brought some satisfaction. When we organize, we feel a little corner of the world is tidy and tended and controlled. I was brought up […]

Sunday Best – April 18, 2021

Yesterday I plunged headfirst into Roadside Picnic by the Strugatsky brothers, and spent the day immersed in this sci-fi story from deep in the Soviet Union. The story is set in an alien visitation zone, full of hazards invisible to humans. Red, the main explorer, carries a pocketful of metal nuts and bolts, and throws […]

Sunday Best – April 11, 2021

I’ve returned to Boston just in time for the glorious springtime. The trees are blooming, the birds are singing, and new babies and puppies seem to be emerging from every doorway. While I was away, some of my houseplants were a little bit neglected, and I was worried to see them so dried-out and bedraggled. […]

Sunday Best – April 4, 2021

What’s better than a blank page, a cool drink, a warm greeting, a new dawn, a nest of robin’s eggs? It’s a blank page after a scrawled and scratched-out draft. A cool drink after a hot and dusty walk. A warm greeting after a cold and lonely isolation. A new dawn after a dark night […]

Sunday Best – March 28, 2021

  It’s the wee hours of the morning and I’ve been up listening to the thunder and lightning, rain and hail pounding against the windows. I’m living further south right now, in a lovely little rental house, where storms like this are frequent. In the basement, the floor is sloped towards a drain in the center […]

Sunday Best – March 21, 2021

It’s crept along in recent weeks – the birds getting louder, the sun getting stronger, the green shoots emerging from the ground as it thaws – and now, at last, we have arrived at the equinox. Even though there’s surely a last snowfall or two to keep us guessing, each day from here has a […]

Sunday Best – March 14, 2021

Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee.– Michel de Montaigne   Dear ones, on this spring-forward Sunday, I leave you with this simple quote from Montaigne, in honor of my dear HDS professor Ralph Potter. May we rejoice in all that is present today.     ***** Friends, If you […]

Sunday Best – March 7, 2021

  Somehow it has been a whole decade since the magnificent Rev. Peter Gomes has passed away, and I spent some time this week listening to recordings of his sermons. In one of my favorites he reminds his listeners, mostly university folks, that the purpose is “that we not simply grow smarter, but that we […]

Sunday Best – February 27, 2021

“It wasn’t a subject to Plato, it was a way.”   C.S. Lewis received this gentle reprimand when wrestling with faith in a purely intellectual way. He’s read every book and debated every rationale, when two of his own students – somewhat ironically – reminded him that thought and study would only get him so […]

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