Thanks x 9

As I scroll through FB and Twitter this morning, reading what everyone is thankful for, I’m reminded that gratitude can come in different dimensions. Big picture, small picture, broad themed, or immediate moment. There are lots of options. And today, I’m grateful for that. This has not been a year that lends itself to a […]

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Book Review: Losing Your Faith, Finding Your Soul

I REALLY wanted this to be a great book. The title and the introductory chapter led me to believe it would speak to those of us in the process of rebuilding a faith that has taken some serious hits from life. This is not that book. The problem isn’t the book so much as the […]

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Spiritual Direction on the Fridge

In my continuing quest to become a de facto Jesuit priest (albeit one who is married, and whose current ministry is staring at countertop samples at kitchen design stores) I’m reading another fine book from James Martin, S.J. In one chapter, he discusses the blessings of friendship – how vital it is to our thriving, […]

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Replanting My Faith

Last night, when it became clear that the New England Patriots were going to lose in an ugly way to the Denver Broncos, I turned the TV off and picked up a book. (The Pats roared back in overtime to win the game, leading me to wonder if ignoring them might be the key to […]

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Sunday Book Review: This is The Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

I expected to love this book. I’m an Ann Patchett fan – I like the passion with which she defends books and bookstores, and how blunt she is about the writing process. She’s decidedly unromantic and controlled, which makes her writing interesting and unique. Her memoir Truth & Beauty is on my top-five all time […]

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Starting the Weekend with a Splash

Today began with me making a nice big mug of coffee. I brought it back up to bed, got situated reading and sipping and doing my usual waking up routineā€¦and then I coughed. Unexpectedly. With a mouthful of coffee that went EVERYWHERE. My bed looked like a fireworks explosion in a cafe au lait theme. […]

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What Defines You?

This interesting question came from Jordan Seng’s blog this morning. He is a pastor in Hawaii many of us know and appreciate from his time here in Boston. (His book, Miracle Work, is like a behind-the-scenes explanation of the theological underpinnings of the faith life I found when I first came to church here in […]

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Weighing in on Feminism & Drinkingā€¦and adding Faith to the equation

My whole morning was redirected by Amy Gutman’s article about women & drinking, which led me to this piece in New York Magazine on the same subject. As I read these frustrating tales of how the right to get absolutely sh*tfaced and not suffer any consequences is now being touted as a feminist platform, I […]

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Kitchen Lessons

We are moving to a new house (!!!) As soon as we move, we will renovate the kitchen. Not because our tastes are so exacting, but because right now the kitchen features bright green formica countertops, broken tile floors, and a white plastic kitchen sink that looks like the aftermath of when Julia Stiles died […]

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Sunday Night Book Reviews

The upside to a week of sick days is you can get a lot of reading done. My TBR pile did not disappoint. Three recommendations for you as we head into the new week: Stitches by Anne Lamott I finished this ten minutes ago. I think it’s her best work, or at least my favorite […]

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