The Caring Hands Soup Kitchen Hour

A podcast sponsored by our wonderful friends at Leahy Funeral Home.   Steven Gottlieb is the good friend reading the copy between stories.  Hope you enjoy and donate to Caring Hands  P.O. Box 1099 Kingston, NY 12402

For Victoria

I can’t believe you aren’t here to see spring bloom, to fuss with flowerpots on your railing garden and pinch the tiny faces in your snapdragon patch.  Who will sit under the umbrella on your deck where you will sit forever in my mind, poised in your sunglasses, ready to catch the shimmer of gentle…Read more For Victoria

Introduction to the Wedding

Dearest family & friends, We are gathered here, amid the beauty of nature, and in the presence of God, to unite Katharine & Benjamin in marriage. Yet, the joy and hope and excitement of this moment beat against a gulf of loss and sorrow. Just days ago, we lost our beloved Victoria, mother of the…Read more Introduction to the Wedding

One Last Winter’s Tale

Stabbed selling crack on a side street in Nassau County, Jake told us he couldn’t lift his arm over his shoulder and then raised that arm straight up to expose a line of scars dotting his ribcage and trailing off around his back. Turning slowly and deliberately like a model, clutching his shirt to keep…Read more One Last Winter’s Tale

Hope

All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.  What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:3-5   photos: Rev. Darlene L. Kelley

Invocation

Honored and blessed to give an Invocation at County Executive, Mike Hein's, State of the County Address.  Our county is strong and innovative and green and beautiful, and our County Executive and his staff are awesome! Here is my prayer: Eternal God of all people and places, fill us with gratitude and grace and open…Read more Invocation

Mid Summer Shout Out: Gratitude and Grace in a Hot Soup Kitchen

Dearest Friends of Caring Hands,   I was working on an overdue reply to our treasurer when I realized it wouldn't be a bad idea to give a mid-summer shout-out.  Besides it's hot, and this is a good excuse to stay on the cool mountain and use the computer at home.  The one in the…Read more Mid Summer Shout Out: Gratitude and Grace in a Hot Soup Kitchen

For John

The Lilacs In full bloom and fragrance, the lilacs sang an irresistible opus, and I reached out to pull one closer to my nose. “Smell your own damn lilacs!” my neighbor yelled, and I struggled to laugh and breathe deeply at the same time. Like a snarky, stand-up comic, John inspired laughter with his satire.…Read more For John

For Bell Hooks and Baltimore

“Individual heterosexual women came to the movement from relationships where men were cruel, unkind, violent, unfaithful. Many of these men were radical thinkers who participated in movements for social justice, speaking out on behalf of the workers, the poor, speaking out on behalf of racial justice. However when it came to the issue of gender…Read more For Bell Hooks and Baltimore