Monthly Archives: December 2014

last concert

Our final Skagit Valley Chorale Christmas concert is finished. The last concert of the season is always bittersweet. We work so hard to perfect the music, and in two short days, it’s all over. I am very grateful, though, to … Continue reading

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the stars

The stars last night were brilliant. After several days of rain and tremendous wind, it was refreshing to look up into the black sky with twinkling lights. It made me feel pretty small, but at the same time, immensely grateful. … Continue reading

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an empty reed

Advent is such a mixed bag. It really is meant to be a time of quiet preparation, a time of emptying, a time to turn away from worldly allurements and turn to the coming light. But with all the parties, … Continue reading

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still giving

I fell behind in my giving things away a few days ago. So the next day I had to find seventeen things to give away. It is getting to be more difficult. Books—which I had promised to thin down two … Continue reading

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gracious receiving

Gracious receiving is as important as generous giving. I don’t mean one needs to go on and on, making outrageous claims about the gift or the giver, but simple, heartfelt thanks goes a long way to affirming the generosity of … Continue reading

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the perfect gift

When I was a child at home, Christmas gift giving was limited since I had little money to spend on something for my four brothers and three sisters. (Actually, I had no money, but my mom could always spare at … Continue reading

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Santa

Gift exchange—is that an oxymoron? Is it a gift if I expect something in return? The other day we were discussing gift giving and someone mentioned that giving gifts to his children at Christmas seems the purest type of giving. … Continue reading

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