Kolaches and Transcendence in New Prague

March 7, 2011

The bright sunlight outside illuminated the windows as we stood in the silence, and the centuries seemed to pour through them along with the light. We studied their inscriptions in Czech as we walked slowly along the length of the sanctuary. The detail was incredible and the symbolism, intriguing. The windows were telling stories.

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The Strangely Disempowering Universe of The Power

February 27, 2011

I discovered The Secret more than three years after everyone else.  I’d heard of it in passing, but I was busy during those years, and it was, well…secret.  When I finally got around to exploring it, I learned that a sequel, The Secret: The Power, was just days from publication.  I decided to wait for […]

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The Reasonable Thing

December 3, 2010

I searched for each of their names as I stood before the Wall of Memory and Truth in San Salvador on a bright day in March earlier this year:  Jean Donovan, Ita Ford, Dorothy Kazel, and Maura Clarke.  Thirty years ago yesterday, on December 2, 1980, the four North American churchwomen were killed by a […]

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War and Peace

November 29, 2010

Hope is being packaged and sold these days in glossy dollops; you can open a book or a magazine or tune into a talk show to find numerous people hawking it, selling it as a program for personal self-improvement. How “improved” do we need to be? People accomplish things in the world not because they apply templates of success and wait for it to reward them, but because they become passionate and go out into the world, raw and unimproved, laying their humanity on the line.

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On Silver Dollar Pancakes

August 7, 2009

To my great surprise, I found a website for a restaurant called Silver Dollar Pancake House. To my great dismay, it’s in Corona, which I found upon further research is in southern California. I’m in Minnesota. Still. I have a brother in Oceanside and an open invitation to visit. Would I go all the way to Oceanside to then go all the way to Corona (dare I do the math?) just to eat the silver dollar pancakes at Silver Dollar Pancake House? I just might.

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The Lovely Ordinary

August 6, 2009

What is larger than life than this? The sun is setting; I have made a breakfast of bread and milk for the morning, my dog is lying by the front door, Geoff is reading on the steps above me, for I am sitting on the stairway in order to be near the west window. It is quiet. The sky is rose. And it is always all that we have…this moment, and it is enough.

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