Monthly Archives: December 2006

Religious question du jour…

I know that at least two members of the clergy read this blog occasionally. And others who have Altar Guild experience. So maybe you people can help me out. What is the proper method of disposal for candles that have … Continue reading

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Definite proof that this Christmas business has gotten out of hand.

In Palo Alto, California, there is a street where all the houses decorate for Christmas. The street is lined with small pines strung with lights. They even put red coverings over the street lamps (leading me or my husband to … Continue reading

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What I contemplate during Advent.

Christmas is so bittersweet. There is the Child. The shoot from the stump of the tree of Jesse, called Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Prince-of-Peace. There is his mother, young, trusting, faithful, who would be told by Simeon soon that her child would … Continue reading

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It is Advent, when we await the arrival of He who said “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to … Continue reading

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Proof that my youngest child is, in fact, forty-five: He likes goat cheese and discussing politics. He enjoys tea and wants to start collecting handmade teacups. He loves showtunes, and knows the words to nearly as many of them as … Continue reading

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Bad Christmas Music, Revisited.

Remember how I said that the worst secular Christmas songs were “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer,” “Santa Baby,” and Weird Al’s “Christmas At Ground Zero”? No. I forgot the absolutely worst Christmas song, which I’m not sure I’ve … Continue reading

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I have a teapot now. I grew up a bit of a wild child — a tomboy to the max — and while I was exposed to “tea” as an event rather than simply a beverage at college (Wellesley has … Continue reading

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