[Lenton Series] Winter Slowly Recedes (A poem)

WINTER SLOWLY RECEDES by Melody Harrison Hanson, March 8, 2010 As winter slowly recedes And sunshine makes certain promises, I find myself wistful which is improbable, to be sure. I am grateful for a long cold hibernation. For the unlikely beauty of the frosty, brisk days. The blue, icy nights that were endured. I reflect…

[Lenton Series] If you were homeless…

Image by M e l o d y via Flickr If you were homeless, consider the obstacles to finding a job. First, how do you find out about jobs?  Then, how to look reasonably clean and tidy?  We’ve all slept outside and know how scanky one gets in just one night.   You have to…

An Extended Awareness: Some Thoughts on Lent

I. I didn’t grow up observing Lent.  Perhaps this is your story too. Over time I have come to believe that Lent is an extended awareness and a reminder that life isn’t only about Me and Mine. The word Lent is old English meaning to lengthen. It comes in the spring as the days begin to stretch and…

To Lent or not to Lent, that is the Question

After spending the evening watching the Grammys and tweeting my snarky thoughts, last night my dreams were in Tweet format.  Needless to say it was a long night. And when I woke this morning I was more than a little disturbed by it. I got to thinking about technology’s power in my life. Earlier this week, I…

Going Quietly Sane: My Poetry

 Going Quietly Sane Sunday Morning. 5/17/2011 Open Window. 4/25/2011 If You Had One Talent More. 3/25/2011 I Never Knew Love. 2/14/2011 Shame Falls Heavily. 1/30/2011 No Vacancy. 1/28/2011 Love in the Shadows. 1/23/2011 Good Dad. Bad Dad. My Gospel. 1/17/2011 A Ten and a One. 1/11/2011 This Life-Long Fast. 12/20/2010 It’s 4:59 am and You Disintegrated Slowly….

Longing for Mercy (a poem)

It’s interesting to be so brazen as to think that you understand forgiveness. You may grant it to others.  You may think you know something, in the granting of it. And then,  it is only then after that when you fail miserably. It is almost beyond your own ability to comprehend. You, as only   you  …

I think I’ve got March Madness!

I think I’ve got March madness, and it isn’t about basketball. It’s been such a strange week already.  I feel exhausted and I can’t identify exactly why.  It cannot simply be the time loss or the season changing.  It’s March and so for Wisconsin that means lots of sunshine.  Lots of slush.  There is an…

What is Lent Anyway, Besides Strange?

Lent is strange for those that don’t follow the tradition.  Or if followed at all it may mean giving up a vice for 40 days, an addiction to technology or caffeine or sugar, but not really knowing why. That was true for me for many years.  If you grew up in an evangelical church like…