An Assortment of Thoughts.

Franklin Hiking

This song by Joshua Radin to set the tone.

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There is nothing more comforting than the unfailing love of a dog. Franklin sits on my chest, nuzzles his head in my neck and fluffs out a sigh as contented as mine, oxytocin released around us. Who, if not dogs, better epitomizes relentless love? Surely, God created them with that purpose.

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The Supper of the Lamb by Capon is amazing. It is shaming me for saying that I enjoy food. He respects food; He takes an hour to peel an onion. Reading his hour-long peeling of an onion inspired my meat-heavy recipe by Smitten Kitchen from last week: Braised Beef Short Ribs with mashed parsnips.

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The year we got married, I wrote about relationships every week, because it was different. And each argument, and every delight, was novel and worth discussing. Now, I feel the monotony (both good and bad) of a stable relationship. Heated discussions do not kindle the fear of dissolution. Joyful quotidian moments are no longer striking. No doubt, Marriage is a roller coaster of emotion, but when your pulse quickens, or when you see blood, these then are marks of the living, common as a skinned knee or paper cut.

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“Uncritical acceptance of any party line is an idolatrous abdication of one’s core identity as Abba’s child. Neither liberal fairy dust nor conservative hardball addresses human dignity, which is often dressed in rags.”

– [Abba’s Child, Brennan Manning]

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A friend brought a puppy to work yesterday. Now I want a baby Franklin all over again.

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  1. aren’t those short ribs & mash just sumptuous?!

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