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Holiday Not So Perfect? Join the Club

It was late afternoon on Christmas Eve. I was at my parents’ retirement community. Mom and I had finished assembling lasagna for the next day. I had done some of her gift wrapping. I wanted a little rest before making a trifle and setting the dining room table for Christmas dinner for the whole family. I was sitting on the couch in the living room by myself, staring at the lit tree. So pretty. I thought, “The only thing that could make this better is a glass of wine.” But my parents don’t care for alcohol and so they...

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Want Some Gingerbread with that Whine?

My friend Kathi and I had just strolled by the holiday-themed windows at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City and were standing across from the gorgeous and massive St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Kathi had just been talking about the renovations there. “Would you like to go in?” I asked. “Sure,” she replied. And in we went, talking as we entered about saying a prayer for peace in the world. We sat quietly in a pew for a few minutes. Then we paused to look at the nativity and walked around in back of the main altar before making our...

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‘A Revolution of Tenderness’

It felt aptly timed the other day when I read about an interview Pope Francis had done with a Catholic weekly magazine. In it, he noted the cruelty and atrocities in the world and called for a “revolution of tenderness.” I read it and then mulled it. A revolution of tenderness. Revolution and tenderness. Together. A gorgeous conceptual and semantic coupling appearing on my Facebook feed in the thick of an ongoing, active crime scene in San Bernardino, Calif. More shooting of people who went to work and thought they were going about a pretty routine day, who may...

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My Red Cup Runneth Over

It’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you … This is what is serenading me at Starbucks on November 10, just a few days after a former pastor from Arizona named Joshua Feuerstein made a video that went viral essentially telling us that the coffee company hates Jesus and has caved to political correctness by making their holiday season cups plain red. I’m sharing Joshua’s name because — as I hum along with “Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring ting tingling, too” — I want to express my appreciation to him for a few things, so...

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