Category: food

Chili and Buns

I attended my friend Bev’s ordination service yesterday. Everywhere were symbols of life, service, sacrament, and ministry. There was music from all sorts of traditions, a drumming circle, children waving ribbons, prayers, candles, stones, and (of course) the sharing of The Table. It was a powerful and remarkable service, each element its own vocal reminder of one aspect of life…

Dear Nephews: Keep Setting The Table

My dear Cubbie, Dodger, & Rex, On a late spring day like today you have probably imagined a thousand new wonders already (before breakfast even), invented new trampoline moves, created many-a-raucous noise, and designed more intricate Star Wars origami. It’s not a day for sitting too still for too long. There are worlds to explore and lives to experience. “Let…

Yes, Start Thinking About Christmas Now

Or to be more specific: start thinking about ADVENT. Stores have had Halloween crap out since the summer, and today we spotted Christmas cake and decorations whilst grocery shopping. It becomes harder and harder to tolerate all the useless, oppressive consumerism that both cheapens our special holidays and destroys lives around the world (making all of our stupid trinkets, candies,…

When Enough Doesn’t Seem Like Enough

There are a lot of new faces around the food bank right now. Many folks have been laid off from work, and there aren’t nearly enough jobs that offer a living wage for families to make it through the month. We’re a small food bank. As in we have a few shelves and a couple of deep freezes. For the…

Chew Before You Swallow, Erin – Thoughts on Contemplative Eating

It’s Wednesday. That means it’s food bank day. That means a half hour lunch break. Once again I breathe in, I breathe out, and I say a prayer of gratitude for that half hour break. I know that within those 30 minutes I have to go to the post office, run to the grocery store, and then to the pharmacy…