Tuesday, 26 July 2011, 01:50 am PDT

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Carrots and Ginger

Thinking about Thinking about it.

I've been thinking about music again. (Notice I say "thinking about" and not "making" music). For those of you joining this story already in progress, I was a music maj... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

-morphizing

This post is dedicated to my friend Q who noticed I hadn't posted since February.   You can't put anything past her. A few days back I referred to an animal as "someone" in con... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

Redemption

To tell you this story I have to explain that I'm a big fan of the Philadelphia Eagles.   For those of you who follow the NFL, you already know that this year our quarterback was a man who se... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

Happy Brigit (or Imbolc - your call)

I have to confess that of all the solar  holidays, I am the biggest slacker at observing this one.   Maybe because this cross-quarter is so very, well, in-between. Now when I lived in Cal... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

Blame it on the birds

I was watching this "report" on Daily Show the other night.   I was, naturally, disturbed that once again the history of racism in our country and the injustices of the way emanc... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

Environmental Impact

Recently the television news has been all a-flurry over snowstorms in our region, and how various municipalities have prepared.   Last night the mayor of a city effected by the impending storm... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

Pet Peeves

Apropos of nothing, here are 2 of my pet peeves:1) People (scholars even) who talk about "primitive people" who invented the winter solstice celebration because they didn't have scie... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

A Balanced Spirit

Last year some lay leaders of the church started to worry about burn out.   There was also a feeling by some folks that we had fallen out of balance in our ratio of sermons and projects devote... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

Having and Aquiring

Last week I preached about mindfulness during the holiday season. I used shopping as a primary example of how our "wanting" knocks us off our center, and posited that the way to end t... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

Overwintering

When I first moved to California, I was amazed to realize that the 12 foot tall tree in my friend's front yard was fuchsia.   If you've lived in the North East, you know that Fuchsia is... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

Wealth n stuff

This is what it's like to be an american:In this country I know I am solidly middle class.   Not a lot of money for luxuries, but a roof over our heads and food to in the refrigerator.  ... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

Voice

A friend of mine teaches theater and English to High School kids. She was describing one fall how she began the year explaining to her students through various exercises and literature that each p... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

Prophets

1976 Wendell Berry writes "The Unsettling of America. " I was obliviously enjoying Elementary School. 1986 Those Farm Aid concerts let us troubled teens know that we must save the fa... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

That sinking feeling

Last week I was driving through Ithaca and I have to confess that I was talking on my cell phone. As I pulled onto Estey I saw the police officer, and I saw him see me. I hung up immediately, but... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

Change

"Those people are just afraid of change" he said. Sometimes I wonder if change has become it's own virtue. WE hear all the time the analogy of shark must swim or it dies. But what a... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

Unruly verdure

This spring my garden has finally grown into what it was meant to be- an unruly mess of green. There are maybe 4 plants back there that i bought at a nursery, all the rest have lived here longer t... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

What local is

While we were in California we did a lot of grocery shopping- a couple of conventional groceries, some high end groceries, and 2 green groceries. I had decided to try to buy things that were local... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

The Last Night

Being that it was our last night in California, we gathered one last time for dunner. We bustled from kitchen to studio: making dinner together and "bouncing down" the tracks from Thu... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

Last Day

Tuesday, in honor of our last day in California, we took Cal Train and the BART over to Berkeley. (It was a fun adventure for our son Wuggie, and pretty chill to ride with coffee and a book, but to... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

Spring

After a couple of idyllic days in Marin, we loaded up the car and headed back down the peninsula for the Easter Party. Ham, egg hunting, lemon picking, wine drinking and tons of old friends. Someh... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

Amazing things

Today our son suggested a photo competition during our walk in Roy's Redwood Grove- each of us was to take 3 photos of "Amazing things" which we would share, vote on, and award prize... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

Laying Low

After a day of nonstop music for the band and sushi and mini-golf for me and the boy, it was time for a slow day. I was the last one up this morning, I think there were friends sleeping on every su... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

This is happening

After dropping the boy off at his friends, walking the dogs, 4 hours of laying cables and soundchecking the drums, I think the band is finally ready to play. .. Oh wait, no they are going to check ... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

California, Coming Home.

". .. It's too old and cold and settled in it's ways here Oh, but California California I'm coming home I'm going to see the folks I dig I'll even kiss a Sunset pig California I'm comi... [read more]

Carrots and Ginger

Carrots and Ginger

When you meet the Buddha in the Road...

About 8 years ago I brought this Buddha candle to a gift-swap with my minister's group. About 7 years ago I scored this Buddha candle in the same gift-swap (my colleague had brought it back, wrap... [read more]

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