Letters of Life

Month: December 2010

As the Music Fades

Get in the habit of dealing with God about everything. Unless in the first waking moment of the day you learn to fling the door wide back and let God in, you will work on a wrong level all day. But swing the door wide open and pray to your Father in secret, and every… Read More ›

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Dying, Growing, Lasting

It’s middle December. I keep asking the same question: *How* did we get so far so fast? How? It seems like only six months ago I wrote about a stylish party on a rainy night, and only three months ago that I did this to myself. The truth is, the party was about 12 months… Read More ›

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A Paean to the Peony

The bridesmaid’s posy was one of peonies. Big white powder puffs which, as the evening aged, gracefully unfurled their tissue-thin petals like the petticoats worn by a shepherdess. Did you know that the peony is named after Paeon (also spelled Paean), a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing? According to Greek… Read More ›

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Lessons from a Ski Slope (Part II)

This is a phrase widely quoted: “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.” (Obvious lesson here.) I didn’t get to ski anymore during my stay at the Hokkaido ski resort because rising temperatures and all-night rain melted most of the snow by the next morning. I was surprised to see grass—previously… Read More ›

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Lessons from a Ski Slope (Part 1)

In the ski town of Niseko, Hokkaido, one takes a chairlift for a 10-minute ride up a hill. I’ve been to a few bunny slopes before– Michigan, Indiana, Vancouver–and these were *real* bunny slopes:100m mounds you slid down endlessly until you found your feet. I imagine today’s was a mother bunny slope, five times as… Read More ›

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