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Leaving Familiar, Learning to Love New Places

I’m pretty sure no one calls New Jersey a wilderness, but given that it will be new to me, given that it will be my personal next Unknown, at least for awhile, this piece of wisdom from beloved Wendell Berry … Continue reading

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Adventures in Dementia*land: Part VII

The Smell of Prell: Nostalgia Comes Knocking Tonight was intended to be the last night of this visit. Though I am not really leaving first thing in the morning, this is what I told my mother. I did not want … Continue reading

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Adventures in Dementia*land: Part I

Preface The following is a series of posts on the terrain I have encountered with my mother’s dementia. Of all the pieces, the introduction (Part II) was most recently written (aside from this preface). Afterward come more posts, mostly in … Continue reading

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Update on Search

Though I can’t tell you where geographically just yet, I will say this about where I am emotionally in the search process to become some Unitarian Universalist congregation’s minister. More details to come. (Probably next week)  Stay tuned.

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Blessing for a Pastoral Care Program

The blessing for this work is inspired by the poem, Kindness, by Naomi Shihab Nye: Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What … Continue reading

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New Title for Blog

Dear Reader, You might have noticed — or not —  that when you typed in “irrevspeckay” to come to my blog, and you hit the return key — or when you clicked on the link delivered to your inbox —  … Continue reading

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A Lamentation to Shatter Appalling Silence: #CharlestonShooting

This is the strange and discomfiting mix of these few hours before I find sleep. There is the everyday sensibility – I still had to floss my teeth – and the incomprehensible element keeping me awake – some white man … Continue reading

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Memorial Day 2015: Peace Pagoda

More often than not, I end up spending some part of Memorial Day weekend at the New England Peace Pagoda. It started as a way to hangout with a dear friend and then turned into an irregular habit and I … Continue reading

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Entering Into Meditation

A few days ago we received an orientation to Burmese Vipassana meditation from Pyae U Kyi Win, who is the meditation director at the center where we are just about to spend three days. It is associated with the Chanmyay … Continue reading

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Interdependent Web Writ Global: Myanmar-Style

About a month ago, I attended a lecture by interfaith community organizer and personal hero of mine, Eboo Patel. He’s the founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, which started in Chicago and has gone world-wide, bringing young people – first … Continue reading

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