Drifting Ashes

A semi-fictional account of recent encounters with both my therapist and my spiritual director. I say "semi-fictional," because it didn't really happen quite as written below. However, it is all true in another way. Perhaps I could call it a "mythical account." We got deep into it that morning. Questions of career and direction. Questions … Continue reading Drifting Ashes

Putting the Lord to the Test (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the First Sunday in Lent. The gospel text was Luke 4:1-13.  When I think about this gospel story, I often picture Jesus sitting in the desert, and then the devil arrives, walking close to him, whispering temptation after temptation in his ear. And … Continue reading Putting the Lord to the Test (Sermon)

Lent with the Dark Voice

The Dark Voice has been talking to me a lot lately. The Dark Voice is the name I have given to the voice inside me that has been telling me lies for most of my life, lies that I have so often believed. The Dark Voice tells me things like: You are worthless. You should … Continue reading Lent with the Dark Voice

Fifty-Seven

A few weeks ago, I tried to list the thirty-one flavors of Baskin-Robbins ice cream. I failed, but at least I got to invent some new flavors, including (my favorite) General Tso. (Although, I must admit, I just did some googling, and discovered that an ice cream place on the Lower East Side in New … Continue reading Fifty-Seven

Fifty-Six

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. And so on and so forth. The Declaration of Independence. On one level, it was a statement by a band … Continue reading Fifty-Six

Fifty-Five

Way back in post Thirty-Four, I talked about the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, the series that begins: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, ... After the first two 1's, the rest of the series is determined by simply adding the previous two numbers in the series. It goes on forever. Well, … Continue reading Fifty-Five

Fifty-Four

A regular deck of cards, as we saw a few days ago, has fifty-two cards. However, most such decks also come with two extra cards: the Jokers. (This makes each deck hold 54 cards, obviously.) Jokers can be used in many games to keep things interesting. Some games use them as “wild cards,” cards you … Continue reading Fifty-Four