Monthly Archives: April 2009

What is prayer?

Surely there are many kinds of prayer, and whatever works for each person, to bring him or her closer to Christ, is a good kind of prayer. The word pray is related to the German word fragen, for “to ask.” … Continue reading

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The Prayer of Jesus

When I was 21, and knew so much, I went to Heidelberg, Germany, on an International Rotary Graduate Scholarship. There I studied at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität. I quickly learned that I knew less German than I thought and even less about life. … Continue reading

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The Wonders of Jet Propulsion, or from New York to Rome, Georgia

Today I emptied the trash cans around the house, gathered up the recycling, and got it all ready to go out for tomorrow’s trash pickup. Yesterday, I went up an elevator to the top of the Rock, Rockefeller building, that … Continue reading

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LaVonne Neff’s Column on Her.meneutics

Well-respected author, editor, publishing consultant, avaricious reader, also (as her bio reads) “grandmother of three, the mother of two, the dogmother of two, the wife of one, and the friend of many” LaVonne Neff has an excellent column now out … Continue reading

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Being Grateful

A long time ago, I heard a minister preach about gratitude. One point has stuck with me since, and I have ruminated on it more hours than I can tally. He said, “People either choose in life to be grateful, … Continue reading

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Wes Þu hal!

“May you be healthy!” in Anglo-Saxon. “Howdy!” in Southern terms. If God is in the details, as I think is true, here are some of those details. The little black dots on red ladybug backs. A friend whose voice catches … Continue reading

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Some Words from Cardinal Basil Hume

When my husband, Sean, was baptized by the Reverend Barrie Hibbert at Bloomsbury Baptist Church in London’s West End, Cardinal Basil Hume was there. Because Sean was being baptized (in a huge tub, no less, brought in for the occasion, … Continue reading

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Book-Signing Joy!

Thanks to everyone who came out today on a busy, sunny Saturday in Rome, Georgia! It was an awesome gathering, filled with terrific, kind friends and family! Some traveled many hours to get there, and I thank you for making … Continue reading

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Book-Signing Today! Saturday! 2:00 p.m.!

Todayat the Barnes & Noble in Rome, Georgia, there’s a book-signing starting at 2:00 p.m. with a little talk and a brief reading from The Cloud of Unknowing with the Book of Privy Counsel. This event is all due to … Continue reading

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Reporting from the darkness

It seems that lately I have found myself in the way of hearing some dark stories. I’m not at liberty nor would I think of sharing them. But I will say that a dark story shared across the trusted space … Continue reading

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Clouds of Unknowing

My first spiritual darkness was not being able to be perfect. My error-riddled life created clouds of anxiety in my soul. Only at 47 did I learn that perfect comes from the Latin for “to make” (facere) and “thoroughly” (per-). … Continue reading

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Susan Boyle Rocks British Idol

Congratulations to Susan Boyle and WOW! to her performance on British idol. See it. My translations of Cloud of Unknowing and Book of Privy Counsel were released today by Shambhala Publications, distributed by Random House, and to say I was … Continue reading

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Why I loved the middle and high school jazz band concerts and dinner

Band members from the middle school served the tables. They all wore black pants and white shirts and black shoes. I love it when young people wear uniforms as part of a mature team. It gives me such hope for … Continue reading

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Why I love being the mom of a seventh grader

I get invited to middle school musicals, band concerts, and chorus concerts. I am given the opportunity to learn how to communicate better and am reminded that if I would just shut up and listen, all would be well. I … Continue reading

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