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Guest Houses of Old and of Today

Once a month I conduct what I call A Ritual of Gratitude and Letting Go.  It is based on the four-point spiral that guides the Work That Reconnects of Joanna Macy.  The WTR is focused on spiritual engagement with climate … Continue reading

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Memento Mori (poem – video)

If all you do with this post is spend 4:15 minutes watching this clip, that is enough.  But there is a bit of (con)text below… [youtube=http://youtu.be/4eAgUx508hg] Memento Mori is a Latin term. It has multiple translations, all approaching a concept … Continue reading

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Burma Reds (poem)

Bricks from the 9th century onward, the shape of pagodas and temples throughout the whole of ancient Bagan. Modern bricks, careful rectangular stacks surpassing my own height, on display before every third or eighth roadside establishment. Or in piles, waiting … Continue reading

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Winter Walk

Desiccated bronze orphans, aligned along branches, rustling symphony trembling in the wind. Brittle flags hanging, minor testament to doggedness, multiple casualties dropping to ground. I know they are just leaves, and I am just walking. That is just tree. This … Continue reading

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Returning to Langston: Poems of Our Times

When I preached on the Sunday a week after Mike Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri, like many ministers that week, I changed the topic I was going to preach on — like many ministers are choosing to do this … Continue reading

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The Gender Spectrum: A Workshop, A Blogpost, A Poem

“Sexuality is who you go to bed with. Gender identity is who you to bed as.” So sayeth the authors of The GENDER Book at a workshop I attended last night. In the summer and fall of 2010, there was … Continue reading

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Crack in DC: Continuing to Witness Resurrection and Redemption

A few days ago, I listened to the interview of Ruben Castaneda, author of a new book, S Street Rising: Crack, Murder and Redemption in D.C.  It’s a memoir of a neighborhood and a city during one of its most … Continue reading

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My Mother's Daughter: Semi Guest Post

Last month, I submitted a poem I wrote in 2008 to a poetry contest honoring non-traditional images of mothering. I was pleased that my poem, “New Same Grief,” was chosen to be made into a video. This was really well … Continue reading

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Open Adoption: Wounds or Scars? Blogging or Poetry?

Being an adoptive parent has been a huge part of my identity and source of my strength for a really long time now.  It feels like it has been this way forever, or at least my whole life, but I … Continue reading

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Making the Most of Muck (sermon)

(I usually post my sermons the same day but life ~ and some ambivalence ~ intervened, but here it is: LAST Sunday’s sermon, just before the new Sunday arrives.  Delivered December 29, 2013 at the Universalist Church of West Hartford, … Continue reading

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