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Happy Sunday

This weekend marks the 3rd week of advent.  When you look at an advent wreath this is the one week where you light the pink candle instead of the purple ones.  It’s known as Gaudete Sunday. Definition:  Gaudete Sunday  ɡaʊˈdeɪteɪ … Continue reading

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Song and Poetry

Most of my children have participated in some way in the school choral programs.  I love going to the holiday concerts.  Many times the pieces they perform are the same arrangements that I performed when I was in high school … Continue reading

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Keep Watch

It’s the first day of December and yesterday marked the first Sunday of Advent.  I love this time of year!  Not just because there’s a big holiday coming or even because of the cooler (and in my opinion, more pleasant) … Continue reading

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Calm vs. Chaos

Right at this very moment I’m sitting down to write this and I’m hoping for an environment that will allow me to think and concentrate on what I’m writing.  It’s not happening.  There’s something similar to a mosh pit going … Continue reading

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Intentional Joy

All of this talk of being grateful has me connecting the dots with real joy.  One common theme that comes up with that connection of gratitude to joy is the intentionality of it.   Intention (noun) in ten ʃn  1.  Aim or … Continue reading

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Silence

Have you ever had the experience of reading the same phrase or getting the same message from many different places?  During the last two days I have heard phrases like “sometimes it’s better to be thought a fool then to … Continue reading

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Song and Poetry

My high school son had a Christmas concert last night at his school.  A chorus performed one of my favorite pieces, “Sure on This Shining Night” by Samuel Barber.  The lyrics, a poem by James Agee, are haunting and the … Continue reading

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A Noteworthy Affinity for Birthday Cake

Earlier this week I was reading a magazine article and the writer described herself as having a “noteworthy affinity for birthday cake”.  I immediately felt a kindred spirit.  I love dessert, but nothing tastes better than birthday cake.  Oh sure, … Continue reading

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