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Clarissa: Chapter Twenty-Three

After Clarissa and Roland finished their dinner, there was still time in the day, and a fair amount to do. First, the two of them took a short walk to the barrister’s firm, where the attorneys there were almost expecting … Continue reading

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Clarissa: Chapter Nineteen

Roland entered the barracks to find his regiment already there. When he arrived, he was told that the general wanted to see him, and so after greeting his fellow officers and other soldiers, he went into the office of his … Continue reading

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Clarissa: Chapter Twelve

General Henry Watson Powell smiled as he looked up from his letter. He had not even had the chance to meet his new French emigre officer who was joining up with his regiment and already the young officer had managed … Continue reading

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Clarissa: Chapter Nine

When he woke up the next morning, Lord Lipton kissed his wife on her head and changed into some clean riding clothes, as he expected that there would be time for conversation on horseback. He went into his dining room … Continue reading

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Clarissa: Chapter Eight

Lord Lipton smiled when he saw the note arrive via a rider. He showed the note to his wife, and Lady Lipton got a smile out of it as well. They looked at each other and then pondered how it … Continue reading

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Noche De Las Tortugas

Last night there were three tasks that had to be managed. One of them was eating, and given the way that the time worked out it made the most sense to try to eat some at the beginning of the … Continue reading

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Conversations In The Land Of The Deaf

In way that was strange but somehow deeply fitting for a Feast of Trumpets, there was a lot of resonance between the sorts of conversations and fellowship I had with the problem of deafness. As is often the case, I … Continue reading

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In Those Days There Was No King In Israel; Everyone Did What Was Right In His Own Eyes

[Note: This is the prepared text for a split sermon given to the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on August 6, 2022. The audio of the message can be found here:] One of the characteristic tendencies of … Continue reading

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Hotel Review: Skyline Vista Villas

On the plus side, the Skyline Vista Villas lives up to its name with a skyline location on the top of a mountain in the middle of St. Thomas with a beautiful vista of the gorgeous Caribbean Sea below. Most … Continue reading

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Restaurant Review: The Greenhouse Restaurant And Bar

Knowing my mother’s fondness for salads, I found a restaurant that was only slightly spendy and that had some tasty options for both of us to enjoy, so we took the taxi down to a restaurant that was along the … Continue reading

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