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A Hard Lent

March 25 is the Feast of the Annunciation for Orthodox, Anglicans, and Roman Catholics. The story of the Feast of the Annunciation is found in Luke 1:26-39.

Mary said, “Be it unto me according to thy will,” and then, in the famous words of the Magnificat, she said, “My soul doth magnify the Lord…”
It is often difficult to say either or both of these things, and that is part of what Lent is supposed to do for us. Ed Pacht explores this reality in the following poem.

It Has Been …

A hard Lent,
a thoughtful Lent,
a less than pious Lent,
with less time in church,
less formal prayer,
less meditative reading
than in other Lents,
but with a sharpened knowledge
of the weakness of the spirit,
and the frailness of the body,
and the shortness of the time
that one is given on the earth –
it is a Lent of sickness,
of myself and others around me;
a Lent where death is near
and several die around me,
where sickness in a church
brings changes that seem wrong
but have descended willy-nilly on it;
a Lent of laws that work …

Rayanne Sinclair's Flight Risk

Rayanne Sinclair's latest novel Flight Risk is a dramatic story of crisis in the air and on the ground set in Alaska in the mid-20th century.

This is a compelling story of committed love between a beautiful Nuxalk woman of the Bella Coola Valley of British Columbia and a manly bush pilot who grew up in Alaska. They meet during an aviation crisis and their relationship grows stronger as they face one crisis and challenge after the other.

As an anthropologist, I was especially interested in the excellent details the author provides about the native cultures of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. It is evident that Rayanne Sinclair did her homework!

The characters are well drawn and the plot moves quickly. The book is full of good news, especially for women who have reason never to trust men.

If you know someone like that, give them the book as gift. They will thank you one day. Trust me.

Alice C. Linsley

Other books by Rayanne Sinclair:

Page Turner
Beso Dulce
Steal Away