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October Surprises
September 29th, 2020
I am bracing for a busy October, after several months of a much slower pace.We are having in-person worship services on Sunday mornings now and, although the crowds are consistently but slowly rebuilding, the more regular routine that I have followed for decades is back in place.Schedules for a pastor are always subject to change at a moment's notice, but in the weeks ahead I know that I have the ...
If a Tree Falls in the Woods
September 22nd, 2020
Added to the long list of things that are different during these Covid days is the way we watch NFL football games now. I saw Washington's thrilling season opener last weekend, and then the Las Vegas Raiders/ New Orleans Saints game last night. The players were there, giving it their all—and the sounds of the fans filled the air with enthusiasm, just as always. But every time the cameras pulled ba...
The Way We Were
September 15th, 2020
Just about every week someone will post on Facebook an announcement of their anniversary, complete with pictures of their wedding day last year or several years ago. And very often I am in one or more of those photographs as the officiant. I usually comment with this line: "Ah, yes...I remember it well.” Because I do. And there are my journals to help revive memories of all the details. Sometimes ...
A Week-End in the Life
September 8th, 2020
You seldom see so lovely a string of days as we experienced over Labor Day weekend in Northern Virginia. It was my intention to enjoy each and every minute (before too long the days will be growing shorter and colder), and I certainly did.Friday night Audrey and I joined some of our church kids and their parents for "movie night.” It was held outside in the east parking lot with everyone properly ...
À La Rentrée 2020
September 1st, 2020
Today is that day in France when summer officially comes to an end. Long holiday vacations are over. Students head back to school. Parliament regathers for its work. Everything starts up again. A return to the real world of responsibility.In our country, it is Labor Day that signals the change in seasons. It seems like that ought to be today for us as well, but we have an extra week this time. Soo...
Habits of the Heart
August 25th, 2020
Habits take 21 days, more or less, to form in our lives, some experts say. Bad ones come more easily, because they do not require much effort and they follow our natural inclinations. Over-eating and drinking, lack of exercise, profanity, they come from our "fleshly desires" and do not take a lot of thought.Good habits, however, take discipline and intentionality to establish. Maybe a few false st...
Summer Holiday
August 18th, 2020
We have spent a little more than a week in Daytona Beach Shores. It’s our go-to place for vacation each summer, but this year was definitely different. No movies. Hardly any eating out at favorite restaurants. We didn’t even try church on Sunday. We mostly ate home cooking, walked the solitary beach, and read.I finished Erik Larson’s book, The Splendid And The Vile, about Churchill and the Battle ...
ramblin'...with don davidson
August 11th, 2020
Bill Gates would take a seven-day retreat, twice a year, to pull away from the normal routine. He called it "Think Week," because he would read and plan and consider new ideas. Here's some stream-of-consciousness thinking going through my brain today—SURPRISE: Spiritual interest is actually rising in America during Covid-19. So says Greg Sterling, Dean of Yale Divinity School, "This pandemic is ma...
Have I Ever Told You?
August 4th, 2020
"As you get older it's more difficult to have heroes, but just as necessary."-- Ernest HemingwayI have always had heroes—people who are models for me of the kind person I have wanted to be. Some I have observed up close and with whom I have had meaningful conversations. But most of them I have known only through books. Starting from childhood and daily visits to Suffolk's Morgan Memorial Library i...
It Was a Very Good Year
July 28th, 2020
I don't know, maybe everybody does this.When I hear a song on the radio, and it is from my youth or young adulthood—I call out loud the year in which it was released. Even if nobody is in the room, like I do the answers on Jeopardy. James Taylor's Fire and Rain—that would be 1970. The same with Elton John's Your Song. Carole King's Tapestry album—1971. I did it the other night with Sinatra's Let M...

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