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Dolls, Jesus, and Christmas Eve

Last summer, I saw the pattern for this doll in Alicia Paulson’s Stitched in Time: Memory-Keeping Projects to Sew and Share, and immediately thought, “Liliana would love that!”  Since Paulson had been to The Nutcracker with her girls, she thought it would be fun to give them a Clara doll–matching their personal specs (blonde hair, […]

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Poem & Mason Jennings Encore

I’ve been pondering this poem the last few days, attempting to decipher it–in the sense that I’m not quite sure what Milosz really believes in the end. Thought you’d like a crack at it. “Religion Comes” Religion comes from our pity for humans They are too weak to live without divine protection. Too weak to […]

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Is Religion About War or Peace?

I don’t like the word religion.  It has different meanings–often damaging and misconstrued. Today I’m posing a question that nags at me quite a bit.  If we were really living what Jesus taught, we’d be employing uncomfortable forms of living–ways of behaving that are so counterintuitive that as of now, we simply disregard them, don’t […]

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Gospel of Glee

A few months back, I read a couple of the winning scripts of a well-known Christian screenplay contest. My aim was to figure out if I could write one. My decision was that I couldn’t. Now, before you jump to conclusions and assume I’m against all “Christian” movies, I’m not.  But there’s a difference between […]

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Displays of the Season

So much to tell you. On Friday, Liliana and I went to the Macy’s annual Christmas display–“A Day in the Life of an Elf,” where she was beside herself that she couldn’t walk into the exhibits.  She got her first glimpse at Santa.  Her take on him?  “Scary, Mama!” Then a stroll around Gaviidae Commons […]

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