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Breathe

Breathe,” my teacher said, as my arms flailed and I tipped to the side, releasing my foot from my calf just in time to step hard on the mat before I fell into the person next to me.  When had … Continue reading

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Giving and Receiving

34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I … Continue reading

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Wedding of the Waters

Clinton got the credit, although the idea was first proposed in 1724 by Cadwallader Colden.  Governor Dewitt Clinton was determined to build the Erie Canal. The governor appropriated a whopping $7 million to connect the Hudson River with Lake Erie.  … Continue reading

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Forgiveness

I have been thinking about forgiveness.  It is a deeply challenging topic in the prison where I volunteer. You would think that the question would be whether the women there can feel forgiven – by their victims, by society, by … Continue reading

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A Place on Earth

I love reading Wendell Berry.  So many times I have savored my way through a paragraph, reread it to make sure I took in as much as I could, and then just sat there in wonder at his ability to … Continue reading

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A Fig Tree Grows in New Jersey

Figs trees are native to the arid climates of Israel and Iran, and can thrive on sunny slopes in Tuscany.  In New York and New Jersey, they are botanical foreigners.  Maybe that’s why Italian immigrants were so keen to coax … Continue reading

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A Question of Perspective

The gospel lesson yesterday was the parable which Eugene Peterson titles, “the Story of the Greedy Farmhands”.   It is one of Jesus’ stories which includes torture and death to make his point.  It is clear what Jesus was trying to … Continue reading

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