Monthly Archives: May 2009

On Prayer and Praise and Psalms

From the Foreword to A Book of Psalms by Stephen Mitchell: The Hebrew word for psalm is mizmór, which means a hymn sung to the accompaniment of a lyre. But when the ancient rabbis named the anthology that we know … Continue reading

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Thank you to Readers Who E-mail Encouragement!

I am going for a walk. It’s a glorious spring morning, but first I wanted to thank Dr. Robert Buck Goyer of Huntsville, Alabama, for writing me this encouraging e-mail: Thank you for your modern English translation of THE CLOUD … Continue reading

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What Freesia Corms Do with the Sun

White, yellow, purple, red fragrances and cool drops of dew, this dawning

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Olive Garden, Sans Texting

Yesterday I took our daughter to Olive Garden for supper, for some mom-daughter time, much needed especially now that she’s a teenager and I’m a 48-year-old. It was also a celebration for her hard work in school, for her high … Continue reading

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Conversation About Salsa

Yesterday I took my son, John, to Las Palmas on a “date.” We were also celebrating his hard work in school this year. He always did his homework, even when he didn’t feel like it, which, he will add if … Continue reading

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Memorial Day Ceremony

Yesterday my son, John, and I went to the Memorial Day Ceremony at Myrtle Hill cemetery in Rome. We climbed to the very top, had wonderful views, saw Alfred and Martha Shorter’s graves, watched the flyovers, saw the cannon loaded … Continue reading

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God’s Aroma

Lately, I have been thinking about getting unstuck in some parts of my life. Anyone knows that is not easily done, ever. It might even seem silly to try, except that I am so fed up with certain paralyzing grooves … Continue reading

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Praying-Gardening

I love gardening. I gardened most of yesterday, though I did take our daughter to Claire’s in the mall to get very necessary earrings. I think we are up to pair 1 jillion. Anyway, I moved plants around yesterday, putting … Continue reading

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Why I Love My Husband

First, because if he sees this column, he will be mortified. He’s got no ego but much self-esteem. Second, because he loves me unconditionally. Third, because I would rather talk with him than anyone I know. Fourth, because he is … Continue reading

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Articles on Ælfric and the Riches of Graduate Study

The tenth-century gentle, brave Benedictine monk, abbot, and splendid British writer Ælfric of Eynsham is featured online in a Christianity Today article, “A Monk, Bloody Vikings, and a God of Mercy.” InterVarsity also recently published an article I wrote for … Continue reading

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The Dodge Colt E

“Less bombs—more art supplies” arrested my attention. It was February a decade ago. I was driving our little Honda Civic down California’s Central Expressway through the heart of Silicon Valley—home of computers, chips, and savvy Internet start-ups. Against this backdrop … Continue reading

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Good News

Last Sunday, our pastor told us about a mother whose son had been sick his entire short life, thirteen years. My daughter is thirteen, so I was listening. Our pastor said that this woman was in a dire financial situation … Continue reading

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An Interview with Frank Morock

Summer’s half days at Shorter College have begun. That means when I had an interview today with Frank Morock about The Cloud of Unknowing that not even my good friend Dr. Jill Borchert was on the Hill. You know that’s … Continue reading

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My Life as a Non-Social-Activist

[One of the great pleasures of my life is that I serve as a Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) commentator, and tonight my most recent GPB commentary aired on 97.7 FM on Georgia Gazette with Rickey Bevington at about 6:20 p.m. … Continue reading

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Call me Trim Tab.

Buckminster Fuller, the twentieth-century inventor of the geodesic dome, among other accomplishments, is also famous for his quotation on trim tabs, which he saw as a metaphor for leadership. In 1972, Fuller said: Something hit me very hard once, thinking … Continue reading

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Psalm 27

I have always loved the Psalms because David is turning to God with his emotions. I come to the Psalms with the same goal. We always think of David as a great king, but I always think of him as … Continue reading

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On the Hill at 7:30 on a Fine Spring Morning

One of the reasons I love Shorter College is for its beauty. It’s that simple. The sun comes up and reflects cotton-candy pink off the Appalachian foothills and their green pines, and your heart (my heart) goes pitterpat. This morning … Continue reading

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Asking for Book Suggestions

Okay. Today we had the spring semester graduation at Shorter. It was especially hard for me this year, for some reason. I kept seeing face after friendly, intelligent, hard-working face walk across that stage. Stories after stories surfaced in my … Continue reading

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Synonyms

I am an English teacher. I think I can define words. After all, Webster’s, the Oxford English Dictionary, and all kinds of online lexicographical tools are my best friends. But I have been thinking lately that maybe love, trust, humility, … Continue reading

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Thankful for Good Words

On the other hand, good words exist in this world, and last night I got several of them given to me by my best friend from college days, Beth. She is wise and kind, and we all know that a … Continue reading

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