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Embracing the Familiar

Comparison far too frequently steals our joy. It’s difficult to avoid, as we compare in all areas of life: with our careers, our belongings, our opportunities (or lack thereof), perhaps even our relationships. Even just one of these areas, or another, can be a bear to reckon with on a daily basis. And when weContinue reading “Embracing the Familiar”

A Study in Lichen

I believe poets are instruments on which the power of poetry plays. But they are also makers, craftsmen: It is given to the seer to see, but it is then his responsibility to communicate what he sees, that they who cannot see may see, since we are “members one of another.” Denise Levertov It became brandedContinue reading “A Study in Lichen”

Choosing to Rejoice

I was hoping to have something rather inspiring or encouraging to say at the start of this new year. That’s what everyone wants and expects, isn’t it? New year. Fresh start. A time for resolutions, starting again, revisiting and assessing hopes and dreams, perhaps. But I find myself weighed down by comparison and envy. Ick.Continue reading “Choosing to Rejoice”

The Posture of Advent

It seems that every year I intend to “do Advent better,” and year after year I fail. What I mean is that I typically end up feeling like I haven’t engaged the season intentionally enough. Each year I an excited to live into Advent well, and then look into the rearview mirror wondering what happened.Continue reading “The Posture of Advent”


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