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codified, commodified,  corralled in free fall; if no one will  stretch out her arms to pluck you from the unsolid state, unsuspended, groundless, unfounded, such weightlessness, spooling out forever

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Seeking sanctuary

Last week, the office set of church keys went missing. We tried hard to discover them, but after a decent interval of searching and waiting for a miraculous appearance, I gave in and called the food pantry guest who had … Continue reading

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I am from…

have you ever done one of these? I was introduced to the “I am from” form at a conference this week. Honestly, as an adoptee, an immigrant, an exile from my own history I don’t do well with the perennial … Continue reading

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Year B Christmas 2: the flight into Egypt and beyond

This is not a story about how special, important, and indispensable Jesus was; that his family out of all the others in Bethlehem was warned to get out of town, so that he alone out of all the little boys … Continue reading

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Things I can’t imagine doing this week

Going out for a beer with a corporation. Telling a woman that her choice of contraception is against my religion. Bellowing “no one wants you” to a bus load of children. Carrying an assault rifle into a department store. Carrying … Continue reading

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Year A Epiphany 7: How to be perfect

There is good news in the fact that the Lord our God is holy. There is grace in the perfection of our heavenly Father, and we wouldn’t want any lesser kind of god. But what do we make of these … Continue reading

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This morning, I became a US citizen. And registered to vote. Here’s (roughly) how it happened:  

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I think (hope) that this will be my penultimate immigration-related blog entry. This past week, I had my interview and test, and got the stamp of approval recommending me for citizenship. Next month, all being well, I’ll take the oath … Continue reading

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Vote for me!

Last time I wrote about my immigration/naturalization process, I had received a lecture on skin care and the proper preservation of fingerprints for federal purposes from the nice lady downtown (https://rosalindhughes.com/2011/09/23/naturalization-process-biometrics-and-skin-care-consultation/). Unfortunately, despite her best efforts, I received a letter … Continue reading

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Naturalization process: Biometrics and skin-care consultation

This morning I had my appointment downtown to get my fingerprints “captured” and photo taken as part of my application for US citizenship. I knew from the start that this was not going to be as simple as it sounds. … Continue reading

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