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Thanksgiving 2017

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (1)

Eleven of us were together for Thanksgiving here in Pasadena, California. We were sharing stories, catching everyone up on each other’s lives. And before the meal we offered thanks. This thanks for love which binds us together extends to all our family and friends and those we don’t know. Thanks be to God.

 

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Dancing with Jerry Perenchio

Posted on August 25, 2017 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Dad may have been worried about me as a brand new student, fifteen, at University High School in West Los Angeles. Almost all my friends had gone to Hamilton but the dividing line was Westwood Blvd. and we were three blocks west of the line.

The first school dance of the year was coming up and I didn’t have a date. Dad decided to set me up with Jerry Perenchio who was a student at UCLA and was booking ban...

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Prayer for World AIDS Day 2016

Posted on December 1, 2016 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)


God of love,

 

We are remembering. Remembering those who have died of AIDS, people we loved.


 

Receiver of thanks,

We are grateful. Grateful that those of us living with AIDS have been given another year of life.


 

Source of hope,

On this World AIDS Day we are hopeful. Hopeful a new vaccine may work. Hopeful present mediciations will finally stop the spread of ...

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Praying in Darkness

Posted on November 15, 2016 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)


We are searching for a way forward,


Moving in darkness,


Holding onto our memory of the topography of hope:


Seek justice. Love kindness. Walk humbly within what is Sa...

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Prayer for World Aids Day 2015

Posted on November 9, 2015 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)


PRAYER FOR WORLD AIDS DAY

December 1, 2015


We come to you,

With all that is on our minds about the virus, our hopes for a cure, our fears and

worries for the future.

How do we find you?

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Bowing before the Mystery

Posted on February 19, 2015 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

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Come Holy Spirit

Posted on February 2, 2015 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

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Learning About Bayard Rustin

Posted on August 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

         “Bayard Rustin, what do you know about him, Cecil?” I said to my husband. “He was active in the Civil Rights Movement.  That’s about all I know.”  We were on our way to a 2 p.m. showing of the documentary, “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin,” at Pasadena’s Allendale Branch Library, part of a 50th anniversary of the August 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

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Transformational Hour

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (1)

Transformational Hour


This essay was featured on the Episcopal Divinity School blog established for progressive theology and critical thinking to transform the world.


You speak in my heart and say, “Seek...

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Visiting the Old Neighborhood

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The house looks plain and more exposed than when we lived there. Back then, there was a huge carob tree on the parkway. I practically lived in that tree; every branch was designated a room. I only allowed Dorothy, a quiet, younger girl from two houses down, to climb the tree with me. The tree has been gone quite a while, cut down by the city for interfering with something or other. The orangeberry pittsporum that was in front of my bedroom window is gone too.  But the house looks neat an...

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