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A Portriat of Life in the NFL

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The Times is running a long interview with former all-pro lineman Kris Jenkins.

He’s got no axes to grind.  He doesn’t regret his decision to play.

Yet his description of the physical brutality of the game is pretty amazing.

I hope the herbs, roots and pilates help to heal his broken body.

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November 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm

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The Nun’s Prayer

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This prayer was posted over the toilet in the house we ate in last night.  It’s an ironic name given that only men notice it there.

That said, it seems blessedly wise to me.  It may be particularly useful to someone who is paid to know things and tempted to prattle on about them.

I may print out a copy for my office.

Seventeenth Century Nun’s Prayer

Lord, You know better than I know myself that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occassion. Release me from the craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful, but not moody. Helpful, but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all, but You know, Lord, I want a few friends at the end.

Keep my mind free from the endless recital of details; give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing, and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others’ pains, but help me to endure them with patience.

I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occassionally, I may be mistaken.

Keep me reasonably sweet. I do not want to be a saint – some of them are so hard to live with. But a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places, and talents in unexpected people. And give me, Lord, the grace to tell them so.


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November 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm

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Love this photo.

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November 5, 2011 at 6:10 pm

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At the Waterfall

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Getting there was a very scary hike.  Being there was very beautiful.

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November 4, 2011 at 6:01 pm

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On the Windshield …

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This morning we awoke to notes on our car windows saying:

“Driveways are where you park you cars – the street is not. You need to park in your driveway!”

Sigh.  No friendly knock on the door.  No explanation of why.  No explanation of why there are five cars on the street within sight with no notes.  No mention that we rarely park there.

Between this, stolen pumpkins and the neighbor sending his kids over to ask if “we needed help with our lawn”  I’m not finding suburbia all that it is cracked up to be.

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November 3, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Posted in At the House