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Snow! in New York City

  Here in New York, I can never quite tell what the weather’s doing outside the apartment. Daytime is a light shade of gray, and night is a darker one. I can’t tell how cold it is outside, either, so a walk is always a surprise. Often, I have to return to the apartment to […]

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The Sisters of St. Elizabeth

  I am shouldering my way through the Christmas Market at the tony Columbus Circle in Manhattan where the well-to-do, if not the rich and famous shop. The crowds are thick, and the shoulders are fierce. I am in my nearsighted Mr. Magoo MO, bumbling, stumbling, uncertain. Until I am brought up short by what […]

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Christmas shopping, Manhattan

  Never shop for Christmas in a bad mood. Christmas shopping is challenging enough even in the most cheery of moods, what with the crowds, the cold, the awful muzak, the expense. Throw a foul attitude into the mix, and the results are toxic. I don’t exactly know why I was in a bad mood, not that it matters, but […]

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(Almost) Walking Broadway, Manhattan, New York

  It is 10a.m. and I am at Battery Park, way at the southern tip of Manhattan. The sun is shining somewhere on this early December day, but in the shadow of these massive skyscrapers, it never touches ground. It is also slightly windy. Today I am walking the length of Broadway (the street, not […]

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How to respond to the poor (and how not to)

Not long ago I was in Oaxaca City with a mission group that was led by two priests. We had paused by some church or other when we noticed an old woman on the steps. She was tiny, as most Oaxacans are, and she was begging. Maybe she asked for money, maybe she didn’t, but the […]

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