And Then Comes January

January 7, 2016

The return to ordinary time used to disappoint me, but every year now I love the beginning of the year more. January may be colder and less glittery than December, but it brings more light (already noticeable in the evenings) and relief from the bustle of the holiday season. Even with work deadlines pending, I […]

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O, Christmas Tree!

December 24, 2015

My favorite addition to the home! May you enjoy a blessed holiday, however you celebrate it (or don’t) . . .

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Both And

December 17, 2015

Though it is true that housekeeping may be taken up as spiritual practice, I certainly don’t want to do all of it myself or be seen (by myself or by anyone else) as the one responsible for getting it all done. I keep trying to resolve this tension, at least in my mind. However, perhaps […]

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Within the Pots and Pans

December 10, 2015

In her critique of Walden, published in The New Yorker earlier this fall, Kathryn Schulz writes that subsistence living “attracted Thoreau because he ‘wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life.’” Schulz continues, “Tucked into […]

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Caught Up in Details

December 3, 2015

With the holiday season now upon us, I’ve been seeing how quickly my mind gets caught up and snarled in details—gifts to track down, address lists to update, etc. I remind myself that I need to take care of only a bit at a time, but there are so many bits and pieces to take […]

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My #FridayReads: Faithful and Virtuous Night

November 20, 2015

And in the middle of the sky, the immodest god. Things are, he says. They are, they do not change; response does not change. How hushed it is, the stage as well as the audience; it seems breathing is an intrusion. He must be very close, the grass is shadowless. How quiet it is, how […]

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The Only Way

November 12, 2015

Though the leaves have mostly fallen from the trees and holiday lights have already been hung along Cortelyou Road, I spent much of the last few weeks working through the remaining karma of summer. I often go through such periods in which all my time and efforts are given over either to meeting professional commitments […]

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Something That Suggests Grace

October 8, 2015

It appears that “what must have seemed like grace,” according to Ruthie’s imagination, probably was. Said Marilynne Robinson in a 2009 interview with Andrew Brown: “One of the things that has really struck me, reading Calvin, is what a strong sense he has that the aesthetic is the signature of the divine. If someone in […]

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How I Spend My Days

October 1, 2015

How we spend our days is how we spend our lives. — Annie Dillard (via Brain Pickings) For years I’ve done my best to log my working time, and apparently my best isn’t very good, because usually by the end of the working week I would find that I had stopped recording my working hours […]

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Vast Emptiness

September 24, 2015

Our home is cluttered, my schedule packed, and my inbox filled with unanswered emails. Even my ambition is overfull: I wish to pursue far too many career goals. Thus, during morning zazen, my attention on the breath is often obscured by a swirl of concerns, as I keep trying to work everything out. When am […]

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