Taste Test –  One A Day

Taste Test – One A Day

In France, there’s a saying that there is a cheese for every day of the year. Sue and I tried many varieties in our time there, but since, like architectural styles, cheeses are regional, being found almost exclusively in the department (or county) where they are...
The Birth of Wonder

The Birth of Wonder

I invite you to invest a few minutes of your day, basking in the following songs on this Christmas, Day 6:  Gather Round, Ye Children Come Away in a Manger Mary giving birth to Jesus was a wholly natural event – painful, long, complicated, messy, exhausting – and yet...
At the banqueting table

At the banqueting table

Christmas! It is essentially about gift receiving. Yes, we give gifts out of the overflow of our gratitude, our love, sometimes even out of a sense of obligation, but receiving is more in keeping with the season. This is challenging to those of us in the Western...
The Arrival

The Arrival

Just after midday they had entered Bethlehem, their long-awaited destination. Joseph had settled Mary on a small hill near the north entrance gate and gone in search of now-urgently needed accommodations. He spent the whole afternoon asking, asking, pleading, but...
More Traveling Story

More Traveling Story

Today, the news from those returning from Bethlehem was not encouraging. All rooms were taken. Many Bethlehemites, too, like Joseph and Mary, had been obliged to leave for their ancestral towns for the census. In fact, it appeared that all of Israel was traveling to...

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