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Steve the Builder

Steve the Builder
Abandoned

Episode date: April 03, 2009
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At the risk of turning the podcast into kind of an Oprah voyeuristic shameless bare all narcissism festival, I’m going to talk about something I rarely talk about because when I do sometimes it means something to a few people, not everyone, and frankly, hardly anyone at least in the Orthodox convert internet realm seems to talk about it, maybe partly because they’re all so happy to be here.

I suppose I could talk about this from an academic perspective and quote books to you and talk about other people’s experiences and stand with the listeners as outsiders looking in on other people’s lives, but I’ve decided…

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Steve the Builder

Steve the Builder
The Thief

Episode date: April 10, 2009
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I knew Mark was a heroin addict when I hired him.  He eventually went the way of most of the addicts that worked for me, he just disappeared one day with some of my tools and an advance.  I hadn’t heard from him in months.  The next time he called he was dying of complications of AIDS.  “I need to talk to you,” he said, his voice a hoarse whisper.

Mark lay in his bed, too weak to sit up.  He was a child in the body of a twenty one year old man that looked eighty.  His quest for self destruction was nearly complete.  It hadn’t taken him nearly as long as some others I knew.


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Close to Home

Close to Home
Promise

Episode date: April 14, 2009
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“Is this the day, mama?” asked Mary recently.

“The day for what, sweetheart?”

“The day I wear my Costco dress.”

I thought back on all I’d purchased over the last several months from that fantastical warehouse stocked with electronics, books, tube socks, oversized portions of food, toiletries, cleaning supplies and coffee – big, big bags of oily Kenyan coffee beans rich in color and aroma and…wait, what was I talking about? Oh yes, the Costco dress. As far as I could remember, I’d never bought one. But she insisted. My three-year-old was adamant and getting closer…

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The Opinionated Tailor

The Opinionated Tailor
Learning to Ski the Slopes of Lent

Episode date: April 16, 2009
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Hello and welcome to “The Opinionated Tailor Talks Shop”. I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a blessed Holy Week. This week finds us completing the race, so to speak, and drawing nearer to our goal of being present at the Cross and Resurrection. It’s a time for a small pause along our way as we gear up for the intense week ahead of us.

It’s also a time when many of us find ourselves reflecting on our Lenten experience. Did we go to the services we committed to? Did we fast as we agreed to with our family? Did we keep our prayer rule? Like many of you, I find myself reflecting on my spiritual progress…

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Steve the Builder

Steve the Builder
Hope, a Paschal Reflection

Episode date: May 02, 2009
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I vividly remember it was April of 1991. Easter week. I watched the evening news that evening.  The Kurds, thousands of them, were camped on a mountainside fleeing Saddam Hussien’s murderous wrath. The camera slowly swept the mountainside taking in hundreds of them, sitting stone still, hollow eyed with hunger.  I saw women staring into some private distance holding small children now skin on bone. The women look hollow hearted as they watch the flesh of their flesh begin to stare into the blue skies, their glassy eyes transfixed on some invisible point in space. The women sit and they helplessly wait for the gasp of a last…

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