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Lent: Time for Spring Cleaning  In the Christian churches, Lent is the period of penance and prayer running up to Easter. It’s intended to prepare you for the Easter and its annual cycle of sacrifice and renewal. In 2019, Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 5, and of course it ends at Easter. In…

Serendipity and Alignment, Part II

Serendipity and Alignment, Part II Yesterday, serendipity brought me to sit next to a fascinating fellow on a plane from Denver to Chicago – he was flying home to Chicago, and I was en route to Urbana IL. Knowing that I had a very tight gap between planes, I ‘heard’ (intuitively) to upgrade, and ended…

Snow and Silence

Snow and Silence It’s been snowing here in the wilds of Illinois – the first serious snow of the season, although it didn’t last as long as anticipated. Yesterday morning, I got to exercise unaccustomed muscles as I did my neighborly duty and cleared the front pavement. By the time I finished, the back porch…