Reading on the Porch in the Evening

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ON THE PORCH tonight,
I read until I lost the light,
angling the book in different ways
to get in one more page,
to reach for the end of another chapter.

I’ll finish the book tomorrow.

I could go inside
and finish it now.
I could sit by the good lamp.
But a warm night
this late in October
will surely be one of the last.
I’m holding on to it,
listening to sounds
of a day closing down –
evening birdsong,
squirrels chasing each other,
the twilight bark.

I saw a snowflake in the 10-day forecast.


Notes:
“Love Big, Be Well: Letters to a Small-Town Church” by Winn Collier is the book I didn’t go inside to finish reading because, truth be told, I didn’t want it to end. 

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The World Has Gotten Too Noisy for Me

I’M leaving blogging and Facebook. The world has gotten too noisy for me and I want to concentrate on reading and writing and the people in my sphere. Those of you who know me from a class, a conference or other association know how to reach me via email or direct message on Twitter. And if you don’t, you can always click on the “EMail Me” button at the bottom of this page.

Thank you for reading. Love to you!

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BEST thing I read this week had the word ‘listen’ in it 4 times

lacing together

BIG week. Busy week. Noisy week. Sad week.

Week of words
hateful and horrible,
but also things thoughtful,
prayerful and powerful,
life-giving.
We are all in need of care
and knowledge of what to do.

The best, most helpful thing I read, the thing that keeps swirling for me, came from a young writer in an article for Sojourners.

The word ‘listen’ appears just 4 times.
I would have sworn it was more because
listening was laced throughout.
What she wrote applies to so many things.

  • Listen.
  • Don’t always jump in and add your opinion.
  • Educate yourself.
  • Stop talking about colorblindness.

Even now, I want to jump in
and add my thoughts on these things.
No need. I’ve added too many of my own words here already.

PEACE to all of you this weekend, friends!


Notes:
For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies by Courtney Ariel

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