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Isaiah, listening

2019-03-01T10:30:38-04:00November 14th, 2016|Categories: The Messy Table|Tags: , , , |

I have spent too much time this week reading. There are too many hard stories to read. The American election did not turn out as anyone expected, and fear and anger are filling the public sphere. I have tried to write about fear and about anger. About hope and love [...]

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Rainy Days and Beautiful Ceilings

2019-03-13T16:32:12-04:00October 24th, 2016|Categories: The Messy Table|Tags: , , , , |

Yesterday was a rainy day – a kids-off-school, cold-and-drizzly, practically-grim-November rainy kind of day.  None of us could really settle into anything. There was lots of dumping toys out on the floor only to abandon them again and choose something new. There was lots of tidying up. In the [...]

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Passage

2019-06-10T14:43:24-04:00August 9th, 2016|Categories: The Messy Table|Tags: , , , , , |

“Why read The Wind in the Willows when you can be Ratty or Mole?” Kathleen Winter My house is cluttered with books, and all the more so because it is summer. My two older kids have signed up for a reading challenge at the local library and every few [...]

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Left me crying just thinking about it

2019-06-27T16:25:33-04:00July 18th, 2016|Categories: Blogs, The Messy Table|Tags: , , , , |

Last week at the school, one of the other mothers caught my eye. It was just before the gates opened and the parents crowded into the playground to pick up their kids at the end of the school day.

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Questions and Confirmations

2019-06-28T15:06:56-04:00July 4th, 2016|Categories: Blogs, The Messy Table|Tags: , , , , |

When couples have been married for a while, it's inevitable you start sharing each other's stories. This time, I'll let step back the Spouse tell it like it was.  This one is by Michael Munnik. *                     *     [...]

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And suddenly, he is drawing.

2016-06-20T14:35:38-04:00June 20th, 2016|Categories: Blogs, The Messy Table|Tags: , , , |

And suddenly, he is drawing. Last week, Plum drew a picture of his Daddy, complete with beard. This week, ladybugs, leaves, aliens with eyebrows and even a self-portrait. It’s wonderful watching all this erupt. Of course, we’ve seen his creativity before – his playing with language, sorting the world out by [...]

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The Very Edge of Things

2016-05-30T16:41:46-04:00May 30th, 2016|Categories: Blogs, The Messy Table|Tags: , , , , , , |

  May ends with an out-of-place story. Here we are on the cusp of summer and suddenly with the story of the visit between Mary and Elizabeth and we’re reading the promise of Christmas. It felt strange to sit in  my sunny backyard this morning, the laundry line loaded with [...]

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