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A Seat at the Tableaux

Somewhere in the bowels of my mother’s house sits a sturdy coffee table of deep, black wood carved in ornate patterns and iconic rural Japanese dioramas wrapping up the legs and around the 48” x 18” perimeter of the tableau, … Continue reading

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And the Women, They Bury the Dead

In some cultures it is primarily women who prepare the dead for burial. I don’t know this to be universal, nor even how wide-spread a practice it is. I could research it, of course, but it is the kind of … Continue reading

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Ashes to Ashes

 Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. What a poetic expression of a sublime Truth. Today is Ash Wednesday. It is the day in the liturgical calendar when a priest intones those words and forms a … Continue reading

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Putting the ‘Fun’ in ‘Funeral’

I had not intended to attend the funeral. I really didn’t know the departed well. Or at all. I knew who she was, of course. Helen Schumacher was nearly an institution at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral. She was a … Continue reading

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