Distance How many miles to Babylon? Threescore and ten. Can I get there by candlelight? Yes, and back again. How long is a mile? How tall is a tree? If I climb to the top, how far can I see? Can I see to China, can I see to Rome? Can I see over the […]

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 Picking up a pen these days is like donning a mask to dive deep, delve into the dark waters down down below the bubbles, sinking below the twilight zone, searching the seas for signs of submarine life. Where there’s life, there’s hope. It’s the same if you compose at the keyboard, fingers clicking away, […]

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#withdraw2020 Day Two 
 Well, that’s a wash, you say. Meaning a failure. Over and done with. Or never done at all. Canceled, suspended, never managed to materialize. Hanging incomplete in the air, awaiting no certain resolution. Everything these days is uncertain. We are all in limbo wondering how long life can be put on […]

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Let Us Be Received…

In today’s first reading from the book of Daniel Azariah prays in the fiery furnace, asking God for mercy and praising his goodness. And. . . making a sort of spiritual communion? “ We have in our day no prince, prophet, or leader, no burnt offering, sacrifice, oblation, or incense, no place to offer first […]

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I want to go home, the tired child whines and his mother silently agrees— though she doesn’t want to encourage his bellyaching. Her sore feet shuffle their complaints and her back groans assent, her hips remembering wearily how they have stretched five times to cradle five small hearts. 
Home, the child knows, is rest […]

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Mostly about Cooking and Comfort

Bella has been working on her cooking merit badge for scouts. On Tuesday she made chicken-lemon soup (avgolemono), which is one of her favorites. Also homemade biscuits and broccoli and a fruit plate. Her biscuits she made after her morning schoolwork. She hardly needed me, except to explain again how to cut in the butter. […]

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Sunday Night Brain Dump

Ok Sunday night brain dump: what we did this weekend. On Saturday Bella got up early and went to a BSA workshop: “Merit Badge University” where counselors work with scouts to help them complete requirements for merit badges they are working on. She’s working on three badges: cooking, art, and nature. She was there for […]

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