Who Comes This Night, Take 2!

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As promised earlier today  ("To Welcome in the Stranger")  here's another take of  "Who Comes this Night," performed by my brother Chris. Under the video is a link to check out his blog for the music business he shares with his wife. Happy listening.Mockingbird Musicians, Nashville  … [Read more...]

To Welcome in the Stranger

Oh, the lovely and wonderful things that they don't play on the radio. In the endless loop of holly jolly reindeer rock--and Celine Dion, of course--we miss out on alot of really beautiful and even prophetic music.James Taylor's "Who Comes This Night" has become a seasonal fave of mine, and i've never once heard it on the radio. Probably because it has little to do with creating a warm, fuzzy, insular Christmas feeling for ones own, and everything to do with welcoming the stranger and … [Read more...]

Ready: Week 3, Day 3

I took a self-care day today. That means, took the kids to a baby sitter, got a massage, got my hair done, had lunch, did some light shopping, generally piddled about. In the course of this day, i encountered stylists, receptionists, check-out personnel, waitresses...you know the scene. So let's say in the course of this day, no less than 5 people asked me if i was ready for the holidays. The drill is supposed to go something like this: "Are you ready for the holidays?" "Are you kidding me?? I … [Read more...]

Week 3, Day 1: Dance it Out

Back to my rant on Celine Dion--if you like her, it's fine. Not judging. Nor do i mean to single out a single performer as "Everything that's Contrived and Cheesy about Christmas." Really, there is a whole gaggle of artists contributing to that cause.  I hear Clay Aiken's "O Holy Night," and i want to barf more than i want to sing. He literally almost chokes on that low note trying to croon it just right.Thing is, there are only so many Christmas/holiday songs in the world, and many artists h … [Read more...]

Week 3: The Beginnings of Joy

There's just something about a good beginning...If we are honest, any good preacher or speaker will tell you that with a good beginning (and a strong ending) you can get away with some not-so-impressive stuff in the middle. Not that one should make a habit of getting by with great intros and crummy content, but there's some grace to be found in a punchy beginning, and some weeks, that's a comfort.This is where Luke takes centerstage in the pageantry and high drama that we bring into late adv … [Read more...]

Camel Hair is the New Black

Advent Week 2:Bible Study and Discussion QuestionsWhy do we never see John the Baptist on a Hallmark card? Or a giant, blow-up snow globe to put in your yard? Come to think of it, we don’t even include him in our sanctuary tableau. Our songs, our greetings, our pageantry, all seems to skip straight from Isaiah to the annunciation. What it comes down to, I think, is that the wayward 2nd cousin is just not sexy. Not like the angels—I mean, they’ve had a whole holiday lingerie show modeled after t … [Read more...]

Advent Week 1, Day 4

For your listening pleasure, an Advent song (no, really!) that encompasses all the hope, the dwindling darkness, and the anguished beauty of the season. Thanks, Emmylou."There's a Light"Really, just do yourself a favor and download the album, “Light of the Stable.” The whole thing is flat-out fabulous. Worlds better than Celine… Sometimes, it just takes a country girl.  … [Read more...]

There’s an App For That…

Advent, Week 1, Day 2No, not a Droid thing. But a practical application for the theme of "waiting" this week.Know what I find most difficult about the holiday season? (People whining about it? Well, yes. Unless I'm the one whining. Then it's ok).  What bugs me most is how long it takes to run a simple errand. I try to simplify my life as much as possible in December. I shop online so I don't have to run from store to store; i cook at home more and eat out less; i say "no" to some things; but … [Read more...]

It’s All in There: Unmasking for Halloween

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Some thoughts on finding/creating the perfect Halloween costume:First of all, nix that idea of "perfect." Add to my growing list of What's Wrong With America that notion of the perfectly executed holiday. I mean, i love to flip through Southern Living, Sunset, or the Pottery Barn catalogue as much as the next girl. But let's remember they share IDEAS. By no means does your yard/house/menu/attire/person need to reflect the meticulously coordinated life on the page. Do NOT let yourself get … [Read more...]


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