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on December 31st, 2013 by mark

“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, […]

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Jarvis Streeter

on December 24th, 2013 by mark

I met Jarvis Streeter in 1988. He was teaching a course on Theology at California Lutheran University where I was a student. The January interim term was a month-long period where students either went home or could take a course that was a little bit more “loose,” a little more focused in one area. Jarvis’s […]

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A Christmas Memory (with apologies to Truman Capote)

on December 15th, 2013 by mark

In the distant corners of my Christmas memories lie the hard charging ghosts of Midwest cold and snow, east coast relatives and Pennsylvania ponds covered in ice fit for skating. This time of year comes around and though most of my life has been spent in Southern California, I still expect snow, cold and quiet […]

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