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    The Nature of Faith Last Sunday, we had a closing four-hour retreat for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults at St. Robert of Newminster. The session was pleasant and the people at that parish are really quite delightful. The experience, at the t...
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      Thwarted from writing by my arch-nemesis, Sleeping Cat. Thwarted from writing by my arch-nemesis, Sleeping Cat. via Tumblr http://ift.tt/1n5cdxK
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        What Does a Well-Educated Person Really Need to Know? I’m working on a white paper about the basic skillset for practitioners of health care quality. The exercise, in addition to some of the discussion at a recent writer’s conference I attended, prompt...
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          Thoughts The laundry is done. The cats are sleeping. The kitchen is immaculate. Five of my six inboxes are devoid of pending emails. And I recline at my desk, feet propped on the sill, sipping some Johnnie Walker Swing, thinking. Friends Moving On Sad...
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            Blowin’ in the Wind … Behold the whirlwind. Where to begin? I’ve posted photos of the drama related to my dining-room window. The broken pane is from a century-old window, so the glass repair is taking some time. The storm window is in place — the A/C...
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              Last week’s icicle of doom decided to kiss the living-room… Last week’s icicle of doom decided to kiss the living-room window. At 6:45 a.m. via Tumblr http://ift.tt/O9R0qP
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                Note to self: Don’t use the side door. Note to self: Don’t use the side door. via Tumblr http://ift.tt/Nv5SzG
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                  Well, January Was Interesting … I might ordinarily say, “gosh, I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last blog post,” except this time that little introductory spiel would be a big fat lie. I haven’t posted because I’ve been so busy and so behind ...
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                    Welcome to 2014 — Get Ready to Rumble! Welcome to 2014. I write this post from my home office, overlooking a quiet, snowy street. To my right, a coffee mug with fresh-ground Starbucks and a splash of Irish cream steams in the cool air. To my left, bot...
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                      Jason’s 10 Rules for Staying Healthy, Happy & Sane A recent conversation with a friend about encouraging better health choices prompted me to reflect on the advice I’d give to people about the best way to live a long and healthy life. Although I’m not ...
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                        Blessings, Old and New Today is Christmas. Ho3. Once upon a yesteryear, the last six weeks of the calendar marked a magical period of fun, family and festivity. The season kicked off with the trek up the hill to my grandparents’ house on Thanksgiving ...
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                          So Far, So Good The productivity trek for this two-week holiday is off to a rousing good start: I got all my Christmas stuff done and wrapped. A day early, even. I deep-cleaned the house and did laundry … even all the blankets I never use. I did my ...
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                            Christmas Vacation! Today is day No. 2 of a 16-day excursion into vacationing excellence. The time-off period started well enough. Yesterday I started the day with coffee with Abbi then a family Christmas party (held at the Cathedral of St. Dorothy th...
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                              A Week of Marked Contrasts I can kinda-sorta hear the infamous DQW’s iPod singing faintly, “Life is a yo-yo; I want to sling it all night long ….” Then again, the sound is muffled so my apprehension of the lyrics might be off a bit. But geez. What a w...
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                                The ABCs of Fame Earlier this week I had laid out a very loose theory (and by “theory” I mean “rhetorical device”) about dancing sprites as an inducement to disquiet. My weekend having been consumed with a trip to East Lansing and back, I had plenty of...
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                                  Jason’s Playlist, Episode No. 4 Seems every year, in November or December, I do one of these: Highlight the songs that are top-of-playlist. This time around (alpha by band name or artist first name: 30 Seconds to Mars, Capricorn (A Brand New Name) 30...
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                                    Discordant, Dancing Sprites Like a fallen leaf twirled about upon the chaotic eddies of a gentle mountain stream, I spent the evening today grasping — and mostly failing — to draw a coherent, unified insight out of several discordant sprites dancing ch...
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                                      Life after #NaNoWriMo 2013 I crossed the 2013 National Novel Writing Month finish line with just above 50,100 words, with 13 hours to spare. This was my third year participating, but my first “win.” Herewith some lessons: I do best when I have an outl...
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                                        Thanksgiving Blessings The last time Tony and I recorded a podcast episode, he tried to wish me a happy Thanksgiving but stumbled his way toward telling me “Thanksgiving blessings.” Which, then, degenerated into a series of giggles at the odd turn of p...
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                                          Another Quick Recap Time flies when you’re noveling. So my participation in National Novel Writing Month is proceeding  better than I expected. I’m actually above my target word count for this point in the month, coming in somewhere just north of 27,0...