Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Preface
  • Ash Wednesday: Hitting the Lenten Road Together
  • Things We Ignore Along the Way May Haunt Us
  • A Reckless Woman and a Jar of Precious Oil
  • Our Most Controversial Story Reveals a Cat in the Hat
  • First Monday of Lent and Even the Stones Cry Out!
  • Layers in Palms—and Onions, Too
  • Confronting Coins, Cash, Capital and … Coffee
  • As Tables Turn, is There Hope … or Despair?
  • Trying to See the Tree, for the Forest
  • But is John Lennon in Heaven?
  • Painful Hatching of the Dixie Chicks
  • When the Very Stones Become Spiritual IEDs
  • Flipping Coins with Our Future in the Balance
  • The Divine “Dramedy” of Those Wedding Tales
  • More Weddings with an Ultimate Fashion Tip
  • A Surprisingly Diverse Wedding Album
  • Finally, We Get the T-Shirt!
  • Teacups, Tombs and a Timeless Howl from Bono
  • Jesus Puts in a Good Word for Ssss-Snakes!
  • Envisioning a Mother’s Wings—and Her Pain
  • Life Among the Tumbling Milestones
  • Rumors of Wars and the Poetry of Joseph Brodsky
  • Finding Joy in “The Physical World … Dancing”
  • Minding Our Lamps and a Visit from Archbishop Tutu
  • In This Kingdom, Even Coins Change Value
  • Who Do You Trust: Uriah or Yunus?
  • Values and Villains—Judas and Leni Riefenstahl
  • Dipping into the First of Three Basins
  • Sister Aimee Empties and Tries to Refill the Bowl
  • Breaking Bread with a Loving French Chef
  • Jesus’ Two Cups and Pouring Ourselves into the World
  • Jesus and a Shakespearean Tale of Two Swords
  • A Third Basin, Hannah Arendt and Banality of Evil
  • Kindness of Strangers and Danger of Betrayal
  • Finally Confronting the Naked Truth
  • The Timeless Mystery of the Fourth Table
  • A Rolling Stone and Emily Dickinson’s Overcoat
  • Heartburn from the Stranger Dead Ahead
  • Exquisite Taste Around the Fifth Table!
  • Carrying Stories to Fill the Whole World
  • About the Author
  • Colophon