Letters of Life

Month: February 2012

Rain

And I believe there is a time for meditation In cathedrals of our own. . .                                                          Summer, Highland Falls (1976) There is a reigning silence, a quiet,… Read More ›

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Giving Up Facebook for Lent 2012: 3 Questions To Ask Yourself (Plus 3 Myths & 3 Truths)

Lots of people want to abstain from the social networks. I’ve done it two years running, officially during the Lenten season, and declared another 40 days off Facebook late last year. Some friends are wanting to attempt giving up Facebook this year, and this has got me thinking of some pitfalls or obstacles they might… Read More ›

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A Run In The Park

Walking trails lace the forests of the nature reserve and wind around the reservoir lake. Entering the main trail which leads into the heart of the forest was like coming home. It had been at least three months. The beaten track was welcoming beneath my runners, and I kept the pace with a friend whom… Read More ›

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Repost: 10 Tips on Successfully Giving Up Facebook For Lent

The first time I gave up Facebook was just a year ago, which you can read about here. The second time was early this year when I felt the conviction that all that online chatter, about as substantial and nutritious as a Chicken McNugget Meal, was filling up the echoes of my mind. The most… Read More ›

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Lent 2012

Lent is upon us, it seems. What will you not be doing? Previous Lent posts here have been getting a lot of hits, as people start looking up what it’s like to give up the social networks for 40 days. Here’s the Lent list: Ten Tips On Successfuly Giving Up Facebook for Lent (2011) All of… Read More ›

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Repost: Living Life in Multiple Realities

20 Feb 2012: This is one of my favourite posts of 2010 because in my view, virtual reality can be true, but isn’t necessarily accurate. In other ways, the online you is not quite you. Recently, Joel Stein wrote in Time magazine that Facebook exists to make one jealous. He writes, “Why does that person… Read More ›

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Once and Again

Dear subscribers, I must apologise for the lack of a link on the previous post, which you can read here. (This is what comes of experimenting with stickies.) http://wp.me/pJydR-kT What are some things you find hard to refuse? #3 has always been a tough one for me. Take today, for instance. Coordinating a wedding, alone,… Read More ›

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Come Saturday Morning

Ever have one of those days where you’ve gotten back late, you have to get up in about seven hours’ time–provided you sleep now which isn’t possible because you’re writing this–and you’ve made up your mind that you are going to run while it’s still dark and early, and when the day starts, you have… Read More ›

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What Defines A Leader Most

I had a chat this morning with my uncle who, after working at a multinational company, had since retired to a life devoted to mission work and giving his time and expertise to various Christian organizations (amongst these Alpha, YWAM, the Million Leaders Mandate, and the Bible Society). Some of his adventures have included a… Read More ›

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A Valentine Song

Three Songs SING me, thou Singer, a song of gold! Said a careworn man to me: So I sang of the golden summer days, And the sad, sweet autumn’s yellow haze, Till his heart grew soft, and his mellowed gaze Was a kindly sight to see. Sing me, dear Singer, a song of love! A… Read More ›

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An Avalon Valentine

Part three of three in my series on Valentine’s Day posts. Now the party’s over, I’m so tired . . .  Then I see you coming, out of nowhere; Much communication In a motion, without conversation, Or a notion  . . .                           … Read More ›

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A Valentine for the Inimitable Miss Whitney Houston (9 Aug 1963 — 11 Feb 2012)

This was her first album Whitney Houston released in 1985. Her second album, Whitney, released in the summer of 1987, made chart history when she became the first female artist to debut at Number 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. It was summer in Bloomington, and I saw her fresh, beautiful face everywhere on posters… Read More ›

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Places of the Heart: A Valentine for East Timor

Part Two of my 2012 Valentine’s Day posts.  Places are a lot like people. Some you’ve known since childhood, met through your parents, through school, mutual friends. These are the forever friends. Some you get to know out of choice, because you heard how much fun they were, or whom you met through your work,… Read More ›

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February Fourteenth Countdown: It’s Because . . .

  This is Part One of a series of Valentine’s Day posts. From Winchell Mountain Coffee’s exclusive Sandra Boynton Coffee Collection. A novel idea, combining coffee blends and vintage book characters. But THIS! THIS! is the thing. Once, and was a time, a bloated cat holding a balloon heart didn’t look silly or stupid, but… Read More ›

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Word of the Day: Dilletante

Dilletante noun: One who takes up an activity or interest in a superficial or casual way. adjective: Superficial; amateurish. From the Italian dilettante (amateur), from Latin delectare (to delight). Earliest documented use: 1733. (from A Word A Day) This is a fancy name for a master of none, a Jill of all trades. Take today…. Read More ›

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Jetsetting

Everyone loves a travel story. Here’s one. Late last year, a friend living in southern California bought on my behalf a pair of ballet flats in the most enviable forest green there ever was. Over an excited chat on Facebook, I gave her my address. She sent the shoes off by air to Singapore a… Read More ›

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Staring at the Sun

I am not obese nor do I have weight problems. So why am I swimming and then putting on runners and running down the road towards the Gardens like there’s no tomorrow? Exercising is supposed to make you feel good. That’s why you push yourself out of bed and out the door into the warm… Read More ›

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