Category Archives: Friends

9 May 2021

Stretching. Gym in the apartment. Workout provided by NK Body Philosophy.
Backlash Blues – Nina Simone
Sunday Best – Surfaces
Anything at All – Over the Rhine
Biking – Frank Ocean
Ends of the Earth – Lord Huron
“40” – U@
Angel from Montgomery – John Prine & Bonnie Raitt
42 – Mumford & Sons
Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
How Can I Keep from Singing – Eva Cassidy
Blackbird – Brad Mehldau
Lean on Me – Bill Withers
Where the Light Is – Surfaces
Tryin’ To Keep It Together – Norah Jones
When Life Is Good Again – Dolly Parton
Bold As Love – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Do What You Can – Bon Jovi

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8 May 2021

Walking. Germantown. Big Four Bridge. With Tricia and So Jung.
Expectations/Overture – Hayley Kiyoko
1, 2 – mxmtoon
IN PLACE 그자리 그대로 – WHAT WE DREW 우리가 그려왔던
Quiet Motions – mxmtoon
LOVE POTION – Shawn Wasabi (feat. Raychel Jay)
1000 Times – Jennifer Chung
Lightning & Thunder – Jhené Aiko (feat. John Legend)
Intro III – Awkwafina Yellow Ranger Hip-Hop/Rap 0
Mystic Sea Cat- Lucia Hwong
Save Me – ZHU
Take Me Home Country Roads – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
So Far Gone – Magdalen Hsu-Li
Celestial Beauty – Lucia Hwong
radio silence – Mel Hsu

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01 May 2021

Walking. Cherokee Park. With Tricia and So Jung Kim. For Essie’s Aunt Wanda.
Walking. Germantown.
Joe Hill – Paul Robeson
The Migrant Worker – Jim Croce
Working Man – Imagine Dragons
Chain Gang – Sam Cooke
Joe Hill – Joan Baez
9 To 5 – Dolly Parton
Day O – Harry Belafonte
The Hands That Built America – U2
Bracero – Phil Ochs
Three Miles Down – Gil Scott-Heron
Solidarity Forever – Pete Seeger
Mr. President (Have Pity On The Working Man) – Randy Newman
She Works Hard For the Money – Donna Summer
Woman’s Work – Tracy Chapman
Work For Your Money – Howlin’ Wolf
Worker’s Song – Dropkick Murphys
There is Power in a Union – Entertainment Workers IU 630, Utah Phillips
The Internationale – Billy Bragg
Work to Do – The Isley Brothers
Working Class Hero – Green Day
Working On The Highway – Bruce Springsteen
Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC & Residente
More Than a Paycheck – Sweet Honey In the Rock

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A prayer for India

God of every country,
we pray for India and its peoples.
Comfort bereaved families.
Work quick recoveries
foe those who battle COVID.
May those who have managed to stay out of harm’s way
continue to stay safe.
Grant the country’s leadership the wisdom
to focus its energies on fighting the virus
rather than on controlling the narrative
about its handling of the crisis.
Lord, in your mercy! Amen.

inspired by and adapted from Dr. Raj Nadella, professor of New Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

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Purple flowers guest collection 152

photo by Laura VanDale
Nantahala National Forest North Carolina
13 April 2021

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Purple flowers guest collection 151

photo by Laura VanDale
Sapphire Valley, North Carolina
12 April 2021

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Swamp oaks

Bare now,
soon to be leafed,
the four hundred
raise their branches
to remember
horror and hope
fear and courage
destruction and grace
and, in a place of death,
to proclaim love and life.

30 March 2021
Louisville, Kentucky

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A prayer for Noble Road Presbyterian Church

Tricia and I served as co-pastors of Noble Road Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio from September 1985 through September 2000. There Eric was baptized, Sean and Eric joined the church, Sean and Eric were ordained as elders, and Eric was ordained as a minister of the word and sacrament.

After a prayerful process of discernment, the congregation made the faithful, courageous, and probably a bit painful, decision to sell the building. This week the sale of the building was approved by the Presbytery of the Western Reserve and the Heights Libraries Board of Trustees (the purchaser). The church is located next to the Noble Neighborhood branch of Heights Libraries. The purchase will allow Heights Libraries to expand the Noble branch building to broaden the services it offers to the surrounding community. It will allow the church building to continue to be used as a place where the community is served.

Because the church is not a building, the congregation will continue in ministry. The congregation is in the process of discerning what that ministry will look like. No doubt it will be faithful, creative, welcoming and including, and committed to justice.

A prayer for Noble Road Presbyterian Church

God of all places,
we thank you for your gift of the place
known as Noble Road Presbyterian Church.
We remember with gratitude
all who worshipped in the sanctuary,
all who provided music in any form,
all who affirmed faith at the font,
all who proclaimed the gospel in the pulpit,
all who received assurance at the table,
all who studied in the classrooms,
and all who went out with the support of the community
to witness and work for justice
in Cleveland Heights, Greater Cleveland, Ohio, the United States, and around your world.
For all whose lives were touched, blessed, enriched, challenged
by the people of Noble Road Presbyterian Church,
we give you thanks and praise.
Guide the congregation members as they
discern new ways to be a community, to worship, and to serve.
Lead the Heights Libraries as they repurpose the building
to continue to serve the Noble community and the world.
With thanks for what was,
some tears for what is,
and profound excitement for what will be,
we offer all praise to you, O God,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

this prayer draws on some images from a prayer in the Book of Common Worship

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A prayer for people in our lives

For those who live in faith,
for those who live in hope,
for those who live in love,
for those who do justice
and love kindness
and walk humbly with you,
for those whose living
melts the hardness of our hearts,
touches our souls,
and draws us closer to you,
we give you thanks, O God.
Amen.

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You made it

Since March, I have been sending messages to a number of my friends who are working from home and whose children are home. Here is what I wrote today. I offer it for anyone else who might find it helpful.

You made it.
2021 has begun.
The past year had more than its share of challenges.
You probably experienced
frustration and anxieties and disappointments
beyond counting.
But you are strong.
You are beloved by God.
You made it.
Of course, with whatever else 2021 brings,
there will be challenges,
frustration and anxieties and disappointments
beyond counting.
But you are strong.
You are beloved by God.
You will make it. 

Germantown, Kentucky
2 January 2021

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