Tina L Porter

Dad Dreaming Again

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Dad Dreaming Again

Maybe it is because I’m going “home” in a couple of days to begin the celebration of my mother’s 80th birthday, and maybe it is because I am actually dreaming again, but my father has been a part of my dreams this last week. It could be because when I was cleaning up a closet, I […]

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Tina L Porter

Making Things

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Making Things

I’ve been on hiatus in my head this last week.  My husband left for a work thing on Sunday evening and returned home last night (Thursday). During that time my youngest daughter (and only other human inhabitant of our dwelling) had a variety of school- and work-related activities that kept her mostly away from home. […]

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Tina L Porter

Bathing the Cat

Cats, Family, Grace, writing 4 Comments
Bathing the Cat

I think I bathed the cat to distract myself from all of the almost-started projects and from the little red book of lists. One of the things I told myself I was going to do with this “liminal” time (I used to hang out with theologians, I get to use language like that) is create […]

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Tina L Porter

Undoing

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Undoing

The coffee is almost gone and my brain is still moving slowly and my first thought is that’s not good. And then I wonder why it must move more quickly–and why do I make judgements at the swiftness or non-swiftness of my thoughts. Is it better to have my brain chugging along at maximum speed, […]

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Tina L Porter

Lentils, Mr. Bill, and Letting Go

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Lentils, Mr. Bill, and Letting Go

A few weeks ago, my husband handed me this lentil salad recipe he found in the paper and said, “do you like lentils? Maybe we could try this.”  In 26 years of knowing each other, you would think he would have figured out that I don’t eat lentils. Ever. Instead of saying, ewww, lentils, like […]

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Tina L Porter

Permanent Record

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I watched you walk into school today, the first day of FINALS Your backpack was lighter than usual, filled only with highlighted study guides And, yet, your step was heavy heavier than usual I wanted to pull you back in the car and drive you away to someplace warm and tell you the TRUTH about […]

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Tina L Porter

Morning light

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Morning light

I’m coming to find that this time of morning, after taking my daughter to school is a truly exceptional one. I’m especially grateful when I take the time to look up from one of my many screens to catch the morning sun hitting the church and steeple in my back yard. The picture above is […]

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Tina L Porter

Attacking Joy

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Attacking Joy

It’s a billion degrees below zero outside (Fahrenheit, of course) and I am safely cloistered in my own hermitage, which today I share with two daughters and three cats (so not so much of a hermitage). My lovely young women have offered to go forth into the weather to procure victuals for us. Partly because […]

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Tina L Porter

Better Angels

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Better Angels

Today the angels will come off the tree. The nativity scenes will be packed in boxes and the Santa flag will come out of the window. The stockings will be (or have been) un-hung from the mantel with care. When it is done, we will vacuum up needles and listen to my husband tell us […]

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Tina L Porter

Nectarine Season

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I am in a blogging group that is asking us to contribute our best/most viewed posts. In reviewing, I came across this piece, which I wrote on August 15, the week that Robin Williams died and Michael Brown was killed. The piece is housed on my other blog site and I found it important enough […]

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