February 29, 2008

Whenever (that is every single time) I watch Kathleen Hall Jamieson

It takes me back to my high school years when SNL’s church lady was a regular occurence.


All of this makes it virtually impossible for me to watch Bill Moyers on PBS.  Which is a bummer, since I only get two channels.  (One of which is PBS.)  But I just can’t do it; bring on the books …


Some of us lived it.  (See why I love ’em?)

why i need the word

February 27, 2008


The great temptation of our lives is to deny our role as chosen people and so allow ourselves to be trapped in the worries of our daily lives.  Without the word that keeps lifting us up as God’s chosen people, we remain, or become, small people, stuck in the complaints that emerge from our daily struggle to survive.  Without the word that makes our hearts burn, we can’t do much more than walk home, resigned to the sad fact that there is nothing new under the sun.  Without the word, our life has little meaning, little vitality, and little energy.  Without the word, we remain little people with little concerns who live little lives and die little deaths.  Without the word, we still may be a news item in the local or even national newspaper for a day or two, but there will be no generations to call us blessed. 

–Henry Nouwen, With Burning Hearts

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 

The Gospel of

evening scripture

February 25, 2008

Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted.  Stay wide-awake in prayer.  Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it.  Love makes up for practically anything.  Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully.  Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help.  That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!

I Peter 4 (The Message)


February 23, 2008

Gotta love that chai.Here’s the recipe that found its way to this year’s Brown-House Reunion: chai.jpg

4 c. water
3 T heaping (Red Iron) tea leaves
5-6 T sugar
1 tsp cardamom
Shake in ground ginger (to taste)
Shake in ground cinnamon (to taste)

Bring all ingredients to a gentle boil, stirring frequently for 2-3 minutes.  Add 2% or whole milk to desired color.  Heat to desired temp & serve.

still dreaming of the day …

February 21, 2008

 When a Dan Addington will hang in my home. 


learning lent

February 20, 2008

She never tried to acquire things for herself.  She wouldn’t struggle to buy things which would then mean more to her than life itself.  All her life she never tried to dress smartly in the kind of clothes which embellish cripples and disguise evildoers … We all lived beside her and never understood that she was the righteous one without whom, according to the proverb, no village can stand.  Nor any city.  Nor our whole land.

–Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Matryona’s House