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Lent: Letting in Light and Beauty

Lent: a time of abstinence and fasting; small penances amidst our everyday abundance that remind us to savor the sweetness of life. Lent invites us to pare our lives down to essentials. It does not require us to dwell in

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Mother and Daughter: Double Joy

With thanks for the many blessings of having mother, grandmother, great-grandmother Gladys Morais nee Vaz, and sister, aunt, great-aunt and cheer-leader for all who need a helping hand, Elaine Morais –in our lives. For your generosity of heart and soul,

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Posted in Faith, Family and Friends, I BLOG, Uncategorized

Spontaneous Combustion at First Tabernacle, DC


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Posted in African American Judaism, Faith, Family and Friends, Feeding the Hungry, Fighting Poverty, Friends, Hunger, I BLOG, Justice, Uncategorized

Love Snail Mail. Love My Post Office.

I am having trouble throwing away a used envelope. It sits on my kitchen counter and I keep picking it up and examining the wavy lines that run across the face of Lady Liberty, announcing that the letter was mailed

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Posted in Family and Friends, I BLOG, Uncategorized, Writing

Love’s Ways to Grace

Love as joy can keep us living fully, right up to our fingertips, till the end of our days.  Or, perversely, love, clouded by fear of loss, can make us shut down our capacity for life too soon as we

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Posted in Faith, Family and Friends, Grace, I BLOG, Merton, Uncategorized

A Cup o’ Kindness for 2012

Two tickets to “A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor live at the Neil S. Blaisdell Concert Hall” – a date night gift from our children for Christmas. Listening to the woebegone musings of Garrison Keillor as he walked the

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Posted in Civil Unions Hawaii, Family and Friends, I BLOG, New Year's Eve 2011 Honolulu, Uncategorized

Happy Birthday, John Frederick Webster!

Let sense be numb, let flesh retire; Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire, O still, small voice of calm!  On this day, I celebrate my beloved husband’s Quaker roots: the sitting and waiting for the “still, small voice of

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Posted in Faith, Family and Friends, Grace, I BLOG, Peace, Poetry, Quakers, Uncategorized


What a sad, sad, parade of powerful men making the news. Their predatory behavior is damning enough. But the behavior of each one also speaks to a spiritual and emotional deafness to those in whose midst each man built his

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Posted in Business and Justice, Family and Friends, I BLOG, Politicians and their Lies, Uncategorized, US Bishops

Let Love Prevail

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.   John 1:4-8 Connie Florez is the founder and CEO of Hula Girl Productions and the director/producer of several award-winning films that perpetuate the stories of the past through

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Posted in Catholics and Culture, Christian Politicians, Equality and Faith, Family and Friends, I BLOG, LGBT Catholics Hawaii, Politics and Religion, Uncategorized

Aloha. “Do not turn your back on your own.”

. . . Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked when you see them, and do not turn your back on your own. Then your light shall break forth like the dawn.    

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Posted in Aloha, Business and Justice, Catholics and Culture, Civic Square, Equality and Faith, Family and Friends, Governing, I BLOG, Justice, LGBT Catholics Hawaii, LGBT Families, Politics and Religion, Uncategorized