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A couple of years ago, we had our back yard cleared of the overgrown flora so we could replant and xeriscape. A friend adopted the rose bush (that is, she spent an afternoon digging it up and moving it to her place). Roots persist. This photo is from today.

David Palladini: An Appreciation

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Dear David, Today would have been your 73rd birthday. You left this world, and the people who love you, just a few weeks ago, but it feels like an eternity. I had hoped to have one more visit with you, one more chance to hold your hand and see you smile, while I tell you […]

Not Every Hour Is Billable—Nor Does It Have To Be

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I was having lunch with a friend recently, and she confessed that she was worried because she didn’t have a side hustle generating piles of money for her. She has a Good Job (steady work, a living-plus wage that is fair for the job, and decent benefits), but she felt she should be making more […]

I Can’t Be Perfect, But I Can Practice.

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My mother was perfect—the perfect wife, mother, chatelaine, hostess, employee—whatever she did, she was perfect at it. As a child, however, I was far from perfect, though I gave it a serious try for many years. I still have a number of complicated feelings and unresolved issues concerning perfection. Some days, it manifests as an […]

Making Space for Difference

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“The test of faith is whether I can make space for difference. Can I recognize God’s image in someone who is not in my image, whose language, faith, ideals, are different from mine? If I cannot, then I have made God in my image instead of allowing him to remake me in his.” ~ Rabbi […]


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