Not a sound on the pavement

I’m writing at midnight, which is something I rarely do. The last time I did such a thing was when, if I recall correctly, I wrote about a play—and I honestly forgot what it was.

This might become a regular occurrence, of course, given that once a week, I am on the night shift.

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One of the things I do to relax is to listen to podcasts. iTunes has been my favorite companion at work, and I can get things like the news, programs on religion and theology, and Garrison Keillor’s “News from Lake Wobegon” monologue.

However, I have two particular podcasts whose episodes I have been downloading in recent days. One is Lynn Rosetto Kasper’s The Splendid Table, a weekly radio program from American Public Media (the producers of A Prairie Home Companion), and the other is the Celtic and Irish Music Podcast. The latter is an accidental discovery, which I found through a search for podcasts.

You can download them and find out for yourself why I like listening to them. Just a word about Kasper’s show: she’s one of the most interesting food personalities I have seen/heard, and her enthusiasm for food is infectious. And she likes chicken adobo. She mentioned this in a March 2008 episode, in an account of a visit to the Honolulu Filipino market.

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And here’s a classic midnight prayer:

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep.

Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

(Attributed to Augustine of Hippo, from the service of Compline in the 1979 American BCP.)

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