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How A Smaller Wardrobe Made Me More Grateful

This kid waded in and out of the ocean wearing underwear that may have started off as respectable briefs but had been worn through to G-string status. Actually, most of them wore only underwear in place of a swim suit. Why is this one kid even bothering to cover himself when there are plenty of kids swimming naked? At the HOPE (Hospital Out-Patient Extension) Center church service last weekend, I sat behind a little boy wearing athletic shorts with rows...

Missing Rochester: How I Find Peace

I confess. I want to go home. I’ve been missing Rochester, NY for months. This isn’t homesickness. Rather, it’s a desire to connect to my community and the place I call home in the deep way I do here. There are plenty of things I’m missing out on at home, but I know I’m missing those things for a good reason. I know the reward will outweigh the cost. In the end, I’ll get exponentially more than I lost. More...

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My Morning Habit For the New Year

Dear problem, I’m going to conquer you. This visit to the (free!) ship thrift store connected me to a pendulum clock shaped like an owl that ticks just like the big, fancy clock in the house I grew up in. This one is less fancy, more fun and cost nothing! I was so excited to find it. It looked brand new and would make my cabin feel a little bit more like a home. I quickly discovered it would be...

To Lent or Not To Lent (Observing For the First time)

What in heaven’s name is Lent? How does something that slipped past you for years unnoticed prop itself right in front of you, blocking your vision, demanding that you dig deeper in order to understand a day that never required any second glances before? Why was I so excited to go to the ship’s Lent service at 0730 this morning when I can’t recall ever anticipating it before? It’s a question that I will have to figure out before this...