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Dollar Tree Resurrection

Each year during Holy Week, I think of a woman named Pam. Yes, I also think of crosses, deviled eggs, peace lilies, and chocolate bunnies. I look forward to magnificent sanctuary services and family dinners. But mostly, since 2004, I think of Pam. It was that year that she redefined Easter for me. Our daughters… Continue reading Dollar Tree Resurrection


Christmas Triggers

Our Christmas Eve service always opens with "O Come, All Ye Faithful," and those who know me well know that I can’t sing it. Something about the pageantry of the processional, the brass accompaniment, and my throat catches every time. I find so many of my Christmas memories and feelings attached to music. My mother… Continue reading Christmas Triggers


Looking East

My friend Abby (not her real name) darted into the Christmas party, looking rushed yet still so put together. Festive sweater, earrings, angel necklace, even a glittery barrette. But once she moved through the crowd, once we were alone, the smile faded. “I want to burst into tears right here, right now!” Abby said. I… Continue reading Looking East


Poinsettias and Fur

This week would have been my mother’s birthday, and I found myself thinking about my dad. Poinsettias on the altar at Belle Meade Methodist Isn’t it amazing how objects and events can trigger memories, can arouse feelings of grief and joy. For me, one of those triggers was the poinsettia display on our church’s Sunday… Continue reading Poinsettias and Fur


Thanksgiving China

Perhaps because it's my favorite holiday, I count years in terms of Thanksgivings. For me, the holiday is not just a stop-gap between Halloween and Christmas. It's a special day all its own. It deserves its own decorations, its own glam. The day after Thanksgiving, as the china gets packed away and the chipped Turkey… Continue reading Thanksgiving China