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The evening’s news was headlined by the horror of the terrorist attack in the mall in Nairobi. One of the women who escaped reported that “Bullets were flying everywhere. God saved me.” Sixty-five plus people were killed.  Obviously God did not save them. This supposed fickleness...

Our local high school band practices outside on October evenings.  The traditional band sounds float up our hill.  Even from a distance I can hear them getting better and better each night.  When they start I can’t identify any particular song but after a couple...

I am a creature of habit.  Almost every morning I have a bowl of cereal.  So you can imagine my consternation this morning to discover we were milkless.  I opened the fridge only to discover an empty shelf. How can one possibly eat cereal without...

Usually I enjoy talking about the more grace-filled statements of Jesus like John 3:17, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” but today I noted what has to be Jesus’ most...

Gray days - soothing days - the soft patter of rain washing the leaves one last time before their final descent displaying their true colors minus chlorophyll.  Greens are replaced by reds, rusts and yellows.  Soon the leaves will be a blanket protecting the fallen...

It's evening in October in Massachusetts.  It is 63 degrees and the moon is full.  We haven't had a frost yet so the Hydrangeas and the Black-Eyed Susans are in their full glory along with a host of late summer bloomers not yet touched with...

We had a beautiful and yet unusual sunset this evening.  The colorful display was in the eastern sky while the western sky was clear.  Should someone have been visiting and not have known the compass points for our location, they could easily have been sure...

The harvest of leaves has begun.  A wonderfully melancholy fragrance rises with the dust from the raked leaves.  One can almost hear Andy Williams singing about red and gold leaves drifting by his window. Sweetness drifts in the autumn air as afternoon shadows grow long...

We live directly under a flight lane for planes coming from the west heading into Boston’s Logan Airport.  Fortunately we are 50 miles out so even though they have begun their descent they are still high enough not to create a disturbing sound.  In the...

There was no school bus in sight but the elementary school students at their morning bus stop were all lined up in a perfectly straight one-behind-the-other queue; except for one little girl.  She was the boss. She had them all under her control and they...