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Back for a weekend tour 3

SweatSean and I went to see Sweat, a new play written by Lynn Nottage and directed by Kate Whoriskey. It is a powerful story of long-time friends whose relationships fray and tear as economic change leads to layoffs and picket lines. There are strong performances; it is worth seeing, a good venture back on to Broadway (as an audience member).

See you along the Trail.

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Back for a weekend tour 1

IMG_4830I returned to New York for a long weekend. It involved staying with my son Sean and my grand puppy Henrik, leading a workshop for the Committee on Preparation for Ministry of the Presbytery of New York City, and preaching at First Chinese Presbyterian Church.

Henrik did not seem to understand that I was at his apartment to work rather than to play with him.

Maybe next time.

See you along the Trail.

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Purple flowers: Richmond 1

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20 December 2016
Richmond, Virginia
General area of Union Presbyterian Seminary
Walking with Eric

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A smile

They came in and sat at the table beside me in the restaurant. A big man, bigger than me and a child, probably 6 or 8 years old, his grandson. I had never seen them before. I doubt I will see them again.

spritzTheir conversation turned to cookies and specifically to cookies made during the holiday season.

The man explained how the child’s grandmother made cookies for Christmas using a cookie press. He described the process of creating the dough, adding food color, putting dough in the press, and squeezing it.

As I listened, the years fell away and the miles disappeared, and I stood once more in the kitchen of a house where I was raised. I could feel the warmth of the oven and smell the sugar and butter in the air.

I watched as my mother carefully pressed out cookie after cookie, changing the dough and changing the tip. The trays went into the oven. And the cookies came out and were placed on towels where some were decorated with sugar or rainbow sprinkles. The taste played anew on my tongue.

When I headed into the night, I said to the man, “My mother made those too. Thank you for the memory.”

And I smiled.

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I remember Ted

I finally made time tonight to go through the photos from the farewell party as I left the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. I planned to send photos to some of the individuals who attended.

I still plan to do that.

But a series of photos brought me up short.They showed the last time I talked with my friend Ted Hickman.

Since I cannot send the photo to Ted, I share it here.

And again I give thanks for his life and love and witness and friendship.

The photo reminds me that we never know when the last time we will see each other might be.

Because of that I give thanks for family and friends who bless my life as I remember Ted.

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The Until We Meet Again Tour – 2-5 September 2016

The Until We Meet Again Tour played the US Open from Friday evening through Monday night, an exhausting and invigorating schedule. A number of friends and family members sat in during the appearance. The heart of the group was Sean and Eric. Great tennis was viewed. Good times were shared. The renovations at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center were impressive. The new Grandstand became a favorite. It was good to see some matches in Louis Armstrong Stadium. Much food was consumed. The hamburgers came highly recommended and lived up to their billing.

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The Until We Meet Again Tour – 2 September 2016

The Until We Meet Again Tour, featuring Eric as a guest artist, visited Battery Park. However, our gig at the Irish Hunger Memorial was cancelled due to construction.

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