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In the Interim: The Best Day in the Year

It is early in this new year, and the media is filled with ads declaring all that we ‘should’ be doing:  losing weight, going to the gym, finding out about our genetic background, taking a trip, running for political office, and on and on. I have never been a person to make New Year’s resolutions:  … Continued

In the Interim: I Salute You!

Christmas and New Year’s have passed, Three Kings Day is upon us and, in New Orleans where my younger child lives, parade season will be starting shortly, leading up to Mardi Gras.  The media is filled with ads about fitness, diets, New Year’s resolutions and the like, and we look forward to the ‘second half’ … Continued

January’s Worship Theme and Spiritual Exercise: “Solitude”

Our theme for the month is “Solitude.” January is often a time for resolutions, so here is a tough spiritual exercise! Spend one day WITHOUT YOUR CELL PHONE. Don’t look at it. Don’t turn it on. Don’t make a call. Don’t receive a call. Don’t text. Don’t check Facebook. Drive places using a paper map. … Continued

In the Interim: O Christmas Tree!

Last week, we went to the Follen lot and – as we always do – purchased our tree. I was excited to put it up and recognized that on December 16, we were already participating in this ritual later than many folks.  When I was a kid, I used to go to a field near … Continued

In the Interim: Joy and Woe, Woven Fine

In his writing, “Auguries of Innocence,” the poet William Blake (1757-1827) wrote, Joy and woe are woven fine, A clothing for the soul divine, Under every grief and pine, Runs a joy with silken twine. It is right it should be so, We were made for joy and woe, And when this we rightly know, … Continued

In the Interim: The Values We Hold Dear

I am one of those people who – despite current disturbing news about him – has loved the stories woven by Garrison Keillor on the old Prairie Home Companion…particularly his stories about the mythical town in which he grew up, Lake Wobegon, where “all the women are strong, the men are good looking, and the … Continued

In the Interim: Down and Dirty

This has been a tough week from a number of perspectives:  my cousin passed away, and I traveled to Florida to eulogize and celebrate and mourn her.  She was a smart, incisive, funny person, much older than me, who had a career as a teacher and then philanthropist.  A person who spoke her mind, she … Continued

December’s Worship Theme and Spiritual Exercise: “Promise”

Our Theme for December is Promise. This exercise is an opportunity for reflection. Has anyone ever broken a promise to you? Have you ever broken a promise to someone else? When you look back on the broken promises in your life, what did you learn from them? How have these broken promies affected your faith—in … Continued

In the Interim: Days of Remembrance

I’m writing this piece on Monday, November 20th – a couple of days earlier than usual — because of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance – a day to honor all of the transgender individuals we have been lost this year and in the years prior to this one. Transgender Day of … Continued

In the Interim: Gradual by Gradual

When I was growing up my father would tell me stories about his parents. They were Russian immigrants (or maybe, Polish – it seems to have depended on where the border was at the time anyone was relating family history). My father’s parents came to the U.S. speaking no English and they learned about the … Continued

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