Author Archives: pdalcorn

Reaching Back to Find My Way Foward

I wouldn’t be who I am today Or, where I am today If, when I was 19 years old, I hadn’t stumbled upon the book Raids on the Unspeakable by Thomas Merton. I can no longer find it on my bookshelf, but … Continue reading

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God Is Watching

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ 2 He called a child, whom he put among them, 3 and said, ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you … Continue reading

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The Root of the Matter?

As spring finally, slowly, eased into town, I was thrilled to get back to my garden, ready to try my novice hand at another year of vegetables.  But there was a problem that I’d been pondering all winter.  For the … Continue reading

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Our Stuff and God’s Work

I’m a collector. I have been all my life. From baseball cards to stamps, from books to vinyl records I have always been in the thrall of one collection or another. I say this by way of admitting that I … Continue reading

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Parades

Compared to high school bands of today, my high school marching band was very simple.  We marched in one parade each year – the Memorial Day Parade.   We spent a couple of weeks every spring learning to march in a … Continue reading

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Hearing and Understanding

After Kim Clijsters lost the French Open tennis tournament in 2001, she won the hearts of the crowd.  She spoke in French at the awards ceremony, and the people were delighted to hear the Belgian citizen speak their language.  Clijsters … Continue reading

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Duc in Altum

A few years ago, I was in Israel and visited the newly opened archeological and worship site at Magdala, on the Sea of Galilee.  The site included the discovery of a first century synagogue, and the beginnings of an expanded … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks for Eartha Kitten

Having closed on the purchase of our little house in the Hudson Valley, my husband Werner and I set about making it a home.  Our first stop was the furniture store.  Our second stop was the Animal Rescue Foundation in … Continue reading

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Practicing Resurrection

We are in the liturgical season of Easter.  What does that mean? To me it means that we are “practicing resurrection.” It means that we are called to be an “Easter people.”  Let me explain. Recently our lectionary reading was … Continue reading

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Persistent Faith

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1 “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien After the tragic and frightening events in Charlottesville last … Continue reading

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