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    The Gypsy and the Hobo: Mad Men Ep. 11

    (Warning: Mad Men spoiler alerts ahead—if you aren’t caught up on the last few weeks of Season 3, and don’t want to be, don’t read this post!) “Don, open the drawer or I will.” ….holy $%@&! This is 2 weeks late in coming but let’s talk about Episode 11 of Mad Men’s third season; it’s […]

    my father moved through dooms of love

    from the poem by e.e. cummings   my father moved through dooms of love through sames of am through haves of give, singing each morning out of each night my father moved through depths of height   * * *     his flesh was flesh his blood was blood: no hungry man but wished […]

    Original Sin in the Garden…State

    A lot can be said about New Jersey; people either love it or hate it, and the jokes abound on either side. I’ve been known to jump on the Jersey-bashing bandwagon every now and then, but I was pleasantly surprised by a recent New York Times article that I found to be very Mockingbird appropriate. […]

    Prisoners Dancing for A Second Chance

    These videos (and more!) were posted on You Tube by Byron Garcia, a security consultant for prisons in the Philippines. This is what he says about the prisoners dancing:   “This is a tribute to all Prison facilities in the Philippines (8 and counting) who are now adopting this non-violent approach to rehabilitation! Thank you, […]

    The Runaway Bunny vs. The Little Engine That Could

    I was reminded recently of the wonderful children’s book, The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. For those of you who haven’t read it in a while, it’s about a little bunny who decides to run away. He tells his mother, “I am running away,” and she replies, “If you run away, I will run […]

    From Henry James’ The American

    From James’ The American, the wealthy and self-made Christopher Newman describes an experience he had in a cab on his way to Wall Street to ruin a fellow businessman: “‘One day, a couple of months ago, something very curious happened to me. … At all events, I woke up suddenly, from a sleep or from […]

    Health Assessment 101

    Last Sunday at our new church, RJ spoke about suffering from II Corinthians 4, and verses 8-10 stuck out to me: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of […]