The Results No One Expected

The polls were wrong.  My friends and colleagues who said it could never happen were wrong.  The guy I met on the plane last week who told me that America was changing and that the Trump campaign was the last gasp in the struggle to hold on to the old ways, well, he was wrong too, as it turns out.  And sometime in the middle of the night last night, the votes were counted, the Electoral College votes were assigned, and the unthinkable, unexpected occurred.

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn” -Proverbs 29:2

That about sums it up for me.  I mourn.  I mourn the loss of the great dream that has been the America of my lifetime.  I mourn the loss of the progress on racism, misogyny and hate that I have worked to create.  And I mourn the future for children who will inherit this legacy.

But understand me, this is not mourning because a Democrat lost and a Republican won.  And this is NOT mourning because a woman lost and a man won.  This is not political or ideological in those ways at all for me.  This is about caring for the outcast, the orphan and the widow.  And recognizing that over the last several months, the outcast, the orphan and the widow have all been attacked and demeaned.  And now those who have uttered those hurtful words are now in power.  I mourn because I fear what is to come.

So now, I have a challenge, as do my friends an colleagues:

martin_niemo%cc%88ller_1952First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Neimoller lived it.  And he recognized the failure of his contemporaries to live up to the challenge.  I pray that we will do better.

Election Day 2016

Its Election Day and I’m struggling.  I’m struggling with the dialogue that we’ve been having in this country.  I’m struggling with the hard feelings between neighbors.  I’m struggling with the very real possibility that we might be crashing 200 years of our history of peaceful transfer of power this time.  And I’m struggling with the very words of this campaign season.

So, this is my prayer for today.  This is the reminder from God to me.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness (I Timothy 2: 1-2)

Walking Each Other Home

I’m at a conference for work and just heard Tricia Skyles, a conference staffer, talk about her faith in the workplace.  I loved her explanation.  She talked about her own faith journey and then said:  What it all comes down to is that we’re all on the same ride here and it all ends the same way.  She went on to talk about our responsibility to make things better for everyone else on the ride along the way.  Her closing really hit home:  We are all just walking each other home.

You can watch here here.

Riverside Church Paraments

These were the paraments in Riverside Church last year around this time.  Its Lent, so the season calls for purple paraments, but this use of black and a graduation of colors is fantastic and speaks volumes with its symbolic placement and use of the colors.  So simple, but so powerful and beautiful.

Corn Salad

We headed out to Tanglewood the other day with a group of friends and a potluck meal. The concert was fantastic and I walked away with this tasty new recipe.

Corn Salad

2 ears of fresh corn, cooked and shaved off of the cob
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
2 scallions, chopped
1 pint of baby mozzarella balls (yes, I know they have a name, but you know what I mean)
A handful of basil leaves, cut into pieces if they’re large
white wine vinegar

Cut the tomatoes and mozzarella balls in half
Mix the corn, tomatoes, mozzarella, scallions, and basil together in a bowl
Dress with EVOO and white wine vinegar

Farm Share: 7/19

Shares contain:

· Lettuce

· Salad mix with edible flowers

· Beets/beet greens

· Kale

· Green pepper

· Kohlrabi (Tuesday only)

· Cucumber (Saturday only)

· Lemon basil

· Parsley

· Oregano

· Peppermint

· Chives

· Red Currants

· Eggs

· Bouquet



Farm Share: 7/12

Shares contain:


· Lettuce

· Snow & snap pea mix

· Garlic scapes

· Salad greens adventure mix

· Beets/beet greens

· Radishes

· Kale

· Basil

· Dill

· Chives

· Red Currants

· Bouquet




Farm Share: 7/5

It was a beautiful Fourth of July!  And now we have a beautiful farm share to feed us for the week. This week’s share included:

  • lettuce
  • curly cress
  • garlic scapes (yum!!)
  • snow and snap pea mix
  • Swiss chard
  • cilantro
  • carrots
  • spearmint
  • kohlrabi
  • bouquet (I passed)


We’ll be eating the usual salads this week.  The carrots and peas will go well with the hummus that we made.  Super snacking on veggies and hummus this week!  The spearmint will pinch hit in the Cucumber and Celery Salad with Feta and Mint.

The Swiss Chard will likely end up as a side dish somewhere (haven’t figured out where yet) and the Kohlrabi is still a mystery in our house.  This is why we love having a farm share!  We keep learning new vegetables and new ways of preparing them.

Farm Share: 6/28

No picture this week.  Sorry.  We were crazy busy flying out the door for a wedding and then an ordination the following day (which involved a bit of travel).  No time to do much of anything with the farm share.  We just quick packed it up and shoved it in the fridge.

What we got this week:

  • mustard greens
  • head lettuce
  • mesclun mix
  • curly cress
  • turnips and turnip greens
  • sorrel
  • radishes
  • dill
  • sugar and snap pea mix
  • bouquet

Since my friend Beth asked — here’s what I’m planning to do with all this bounty.  All of the lettuces and cress will end up in salads during the week.  The darker and more bitter greens will end up in a Chinese Stir-fry of some kind.  The radishes and peas will be snacky foods. I might make some hummus this week, we’ll see how the week goes.  The dill will probably end up in a tuna pasta salad (that’s about the only thing I use dill in).  The sorrel will be my project this week.  I have no idea what to do with it.  I didn’t notice any turnips on the ends of the turnip greens when we were frantically shoving this stuff in the fridge.  That’s a good thing:  we’re not overly fond of turnips in this family, so I always end up “getting creative” when we get them (or giving them away).

Farm Share: 6/21

Here’s what this week yielded:
· Head lettuce
· Mizuna (mustard greens)
· Radishes
· Curly Cress
· Chamomile
· Parsley plant
And the usual bouquet