Monthly Archives: December 2011

Best Day of Christmas Yet

Our family has experienced a lot of wonderful things this Christmas season: magnificent meals, treasured traditions, generous gifts, and meaningful moments. But I think today may have been the best day of the whole season. It was the best because … Continue reading

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Contemplating Paganism

Northern European winters help me to understand the faith of the Pagans and Druids and Celts: a theology integrally connected with the natural world around them… a call to worship marked by the rising and setting of the sun… solstices … Continue reading

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December 2011

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son,who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.(John 1:14) Season’s Greetings from Amsterdam! Decorative strings of lights … Continue reading

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Snow Angels

How does one place a sound that seems somewhere between a New York coffee-house open-podium, a New Orleans jazz lounge, and some Country-Western bar out in rural Wyoming? Triangulating the coordinates on a map, it makes sense that the result … Continue reading

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Brain-Shakes and Seed-Balls

Sometimes Dutch medical terminology can be comically literal. The Dutch terms for “concussion” and “testicles” are particularly amusing to me. Literally: “brain-shake” (hersenschudding) and “seed-balls” (zaadballen). Is that funny to anyone else? I’m curious to know if there are any … Continue reading

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Words for Wintry Precipitation

According to Google, I am considered one of the world’s foremost experts on precipitation terminology. Nevermind the fact that I don’t have a background in meteorology or linguistics. I posted something here on my website a couple of years back, … Continue reading

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