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Shall We Be Polite or Shall We Fight?

If you have siblings, no doubt you have been told by your parents or grandparents to play nice and get along. My grandmother, whom we called Nana, used to say to my older brothers: “Now boys, it is too nice … Continue reading

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On Truth Telling, Betrayal, Secrets and Lies

This is the stuff that Philosophers, Theologians, Ethicists, Doctors, and Lawyers have argued about since time immemorial.  The post I am writing now is written after many conversations with family and friends over decades.  I can pretty well guarantee that … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day for this High Maintenance Woman

A friend of mine asked me on Sunday what we would be doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Tuesday. She hasn’t known us for all that long, nor does she know us too well. I got to thinking about how … Continue reading

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On the Desire that Friends Should Meet . . .

Ever since I first left home for college, I have had a recurring desire: that friends dear to me from one setting should meet friends dear to me from another. When I made friends in college, I well remember fervently … Continue reading

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The Countdown is On

I find myself in an odd emotional state. In the midst of a major transition in life, my emotional triggers are right under the surface. In a single ten minute period, I move between being so happy that I can … Continue reading

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The Best Time of the Year, Even When it Isn’t

We are in the weeks before Christmas. For some, it means parties and shopping and better food than usual. For observant Christians, today is the second Sunday of Advent. We are preparing for the arrival of God, born of Mary. … Continue reading

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The Joys of Sharing Your Home and a Meal

I take great delight in remembering my parents’ willingness to set more places at the table, and add a little more food to what was already being prepared, in order to accommodate friends and clergy who just happened to show … Continue reading

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