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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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Breakfast in Burma or Books for Babes

We are staying at the Myanmar Life Hotel for the first week of our trip. We are told that it is the only hotel with a swimming pool, of which we took advantage this afternoon after our first full day. … Continue reading

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Whatever Happens, Don't Be Afraid: Our Bodies are Impermanent

Last Saturday, I was given a task to carry a box of overripe bananas from one location to another close by. I acquired a cart with wheels to transport it down the hallway of the church basement where the soup … Continue reading

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