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God of Growing Old

The choir sang a lovely song on Sunday, “God of Broken Hearts” by Zach Stachowski. It has an alto part which has a legato (slow) verse: “God…..of….broken…..dreams. Help in time of failure. Pick us up from trial and error…” It has been an earworm ever since….I wake in the middle of the night singing it. Yesterday was my Monday, and I checked my “stuff” as I got ready to leave the house: Notebook (brains). Check Continue reading

Epic Fail

My mother died the first time in 1969.  Having just received a steroid shot for a sore arm, she went into anaphylactic shock, and was rushed from the doctor’s office to the hospital by ambulance.  The ER crew worked  valiantly to save her.  She watched from the ceiling as they pounded on her chest, plied her lungs with oxygen and shot her full of adrenaline.  She noted a tunnel of light in a corner of Continue reading

Kalapana ocean flow lava entry

Goldring Surgeonfish


Can anything good come from Nazareth?

Pastor Katlin made a poignant comparison today between our Gospel reading and the latest headlines.  Our reading came from the first chapter of John:   Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” This week, it was widely reported that Donald Trump, during a meeting to work out immigration policies at which it was proposed to cut the immigration lottery in half, and have the remaining Continue reading


crab At Wai’ Opae Tidepools: s/he was about a foot tall when walking across the coral!