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Second-hand Words

2016-06-27T16:46:07-04:00June 27th, 2016|Categories: Blogs, The Messy Table|Tags: , , , |

We celebrated our wedding anniversary last week. Fourteen years.  So, I gave the Spouse a box of magnets. It was just a jumbled collection of magnetic poetry that I found in a local second-hand store - some English, some French, some words pretty worn and peeling and some never used [...]

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We’ll be light

2016-04-25T16:42:26-04:00April 25th, 2016|Categories: Blogs, Miscellaneous, The Messy Table|Tags: , , , , |

  The psalmist pulled my sleeve this morning right when everything else was quiet. Sunshine pooled on the carpet in the living room where Plum sat building a tower with his bright plastic blocks. Beangirl was home sick with the wobbles and lay curled up on the sofa under a [...]

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New Year Begun

2016-01-11T09:17:32-04:00January 11th, 2016|Categories: The Messy Table|Tags: , , |

  We didn’t count down to midnight this year. The stars should have been aligned – my parents were staying with us and our youngest is old enough to stay in his bed after good-nights. Well, more or less.  We could have had a lovely New Year’s Eve at home [...]

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Sisters Together

2015-12-14T17:42:48-04:00December 14th, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Miscellaneous, The Messy Table|Tags: , , , , |

Today, I stood in the rainy school playground with a Bangladeshi mum. Like me, she stands there everyday, waiting with a small boy for her older two children to emerge. In between toddler chasing, we chat. About grocery shopping. About the weather. About school breaks and growing kids. I told [...]

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Gaudete

2015-12-07T17:22:22-04:00December 7th, 2015|Categories: The Messy Table|Tags: , , , , , |

I’ve been thinking about my Granny this week. It was her birthday a couple of days ago and I told my kids so they kept breaking into loud Happy Birthday, which felt a little strange to me. They know about her through stories and photographs but they didn’t know her. [...]

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Selling Candles

2015-11-30T10:06:06-04:00November 30th, 2015|Categories: The Messy Table|Tags: , , , , , |

  The first candle has been lit and Advent begins. On Sunday night, we set our own advent ring on the table at home and the big kids helped our little Plum count the spaces until Christmas. Three more candles, six more cards to decorate. It will be a month [...]

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A good story for the table

2015-09-21T16:11:15-04:00September 21st, 2015|Categories: Blogs, The Messy Table|Tags: , , , |

It rained this morning but I washed the laundry anyway. Monday brings necessity back into focus after the weekend. Midmorning, the kids and I pulled on our raincoats and headed off to the library. (Yes, they are still home with me and we're stilling waiting for school spaces. One of [...]

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Cactus Days

2015-09-14T17:49:33-04:00September 14th, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Miscellaneous, The Messy Table|Tags: , , , |

School here started three weeks ago now, but we're still at home. It seems that knocking on new doors doesn't always meant that they will open. The local school board knows that we'd like school places for our two school-aged children, and we've been told that we're on the waiting [...]

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That Photo

2015-09-07T17:47:57-04:00September 7th, 2015|Categories: Blogs, The Messy Table|Tags: , , , |

A small boy washed up on a beach, his knees bent beneath him like a child in bed. But he is only cold flesh now, left behind by the waves. When that photo appeared to the world this past week, the stories in the lectionary incongruously spoke of healing and [...]

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