Why & how I appreciate Advent

(This post was originally published in 2013 and appears here with minor revisions.) I look forward to Advent every year. I actually look forward to rummaging through the candle drawer for the little purple votives (and I know there’s a pink in there somewhere). I like putting a purple-beribboned wreath on the front door, even… Read More Why & how I appreciate Advent

Advent – hold the Christmas carols

It’s Advent, the beginning of the liturgical year, penitential and contemplative in tone as befits preparation for a great feast. It’s a blessed relief from any number of things. I enter it this year sick at heart due to some recent events, ready for a time of prayer and quiet and humility and renewal. Keep… Read More Advent – hold the Christmas carols

The mugs of Advent: plan for some fun

Readers who observe Advent, I have a little fun-and-games planned. Readers who don’t observe the season, please indulge me. So the mermaid-coffee people have red cups for this month and next. The cups aren’t Christmas-specific. So what? Has anyone noticed that we haven’t even gotten to Thanksgiving yet? And poor Advent gets no respect at… Read More The mugs of Advent: plan for some fun

Welcoming Advent, with arms wide open

(This post was originally published in 2013 and appears here with minor revisions.) I look forward to Advent every year. I actually look forward to rummaging through the candle drawer for the little purple votives (and I know there’s a pink in there somewhere). I like putting a purple-beribboned wreath on the front door, even… Read More Welcoming Advent, with arms wide open

Hello, Advent. I’ve missed you.

I look forward to Advent every year. I actually look forward to rummaging through the candle drawer for the little purple votives (and I know there’s a pink in there somewhere). I like putting a purple-beribboned wreath on the front door, even when it’s a premade bow from the craft store tacked on to artificial… Read More Hello, Advent. I’ve missed you.

Back to Concord; Komen/PP webcast; Happy Advent

The 2013-14 New Hampshire legislature was sworn in this morning, with House Speaker Terie Norelli (D-Portsmouth) urging an end to “harshness.”  Regular business starts in January. Reps and senators have until this Friday, December 7, to submit proposed bills (LSRs, or legislative service requests). Yes, I’m watching. No surprises in either House or Senate leadership.… Read More Back to Concord; Komen/PP webcast; Happy Advent