Good things are good things

Everyone likes good things. From warm cookies and hot coffee to special finds. From a cause that’s doing some good for a troubled world to a nice hand lotion. Introducing a new blog that will roundup all the good things in life and share them with you.I’ll connect you with good causes, good gifts, good…

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Record reading

In 2020, I used the social network, Goodreads, to track my reading. As news about the coronavirus, the election rhetoric, and the constant opportunities to self-isolate and shelter in place orders kept us stuck at home, my natural tendency to read nearly took over. I read 82 books. Eighty-two. Books. Twenty-two thousand two hundred sixty-one…

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’Joice Back

Anne Lamott’s words smacked me in the head. “My pastor, Veronica, said yesterday that God constantly tells us to rejoice, but to do that, to get ’joice back, we need to have had joy before. And it’s never been needed as badly as now, when the world is hurting so badly, because joy is medicine.”…

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The Silence

For everything there is an appointed time, and an appropriate time for every activity on earth: … a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; … a time to keep silent, and a time to speak. Ecclesiastes 3:1, 5b, 7b I’ve been struck mute. I know you’ve noticed. I know I promised…

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Fat Tuesday Redux

A friend of mine once got me so excited about giving up something for Lent, I couldn’t wait until Ash Wednesday. At the time, I don’t think I even understood what Lent was. I’m not sure, even now, I absolutely comprehend the liturgical time of repentance. But my spirit tells me it’s important. It took…

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First Sunday of 2020

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after giving thanks he broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat, this is my body.” Matthew 26:26, nET I cannot remember the last time I had the privelege to be in church on the first Sunday of the year. The privelege to take communion…

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{Re}plete

Replete, from the Latin verb plēre, means “to fill.” Because we know that the Latin prefix “re” means back or again, it makes sense that replete would mean “to fill again.” But it doesn’t. According to Merriam-Webster: “Replete is the synonym of choice when fullness is accompanied by a sense of satiety.” It’s the perfect word…

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Penultimate (or {Re}plete minus 1)

There’s no again here. That’s right, no again. I haven’t been here before. For 364 days, agains have come to me sometimes by magic. Sometimes when I thought they wouldn’t. Sometimes when I thought I was making them up. (Seriously, retoast?) They’ve taken me deep. They’ve left me eager to learn more. They’ve taken me…

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