Praying for Mr. Trump (After Eight Years of Praying for Mr. Obama): Five Requests

Recently I marked a change in my daily prayers: I began to pray for the President Elect after praying for President Obama for eight years. The old order is changing and is giving way to the new. That is the way of a Republic. I pray for our head of state, because I should. Why? [Read More…]

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Advent: Between Thanksgiving and Christmas

Let’s celebrate the coming of Jesus, but not quite yet! We are “between” in the United States and every school teacher feels the joyous tension of being past Thanksgiving and yet weeks from Christmas. Even our college students feel it, the anticipation with so much left to do. If you are not a teacher, work [Read More…]

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Mozart and a Quiet Moment Without a Moment of Drowsiness

Listening to Mozart live is one of the few musical experiences where I am made calm, yet not sleepy. I was lucky enough to hear Jeffery Kahane conduct and play piano for a packed house in Houston.  We have had a wonderful, but busy holiday with much to do later to get ready for the work [Read More…]

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The Glass Bauble Was Beautiful . . . God, so Beautiful

We put up the Christmas tree today and the entire time was lovely. We went to the great parking lot of trees and looked for a humble tree . . . avoiding the dreaded “proud tree.” “A proud tree,” you ask? And there is no good explanation except to say that long ago a wise [Read More…]

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Born to Free: Advent is Coming

Everyone is born to be free, but soon finds themselves in chains. This is not because of politics, unless referring to the governance of the soul. Within each person, desire fights with reason and desires too often win. Not that desire is bad, in place, desire adds sweetness and joy to life, yet we so [Read More…]

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