Thoughts and Questions for the Summer

Thoughts and Questions for the Summer

What another odd year 2021 has already been. We are moving through spring and toward summer, and each of us could tell stories about adjusting to change. Uncertainty and questions and confusion seem to be traveling with us. As we continue in this adventure of life in...
so much so suddenly

so much so suddenly

from the book embracing now: pain, joy, healing, living. running, running, running,  racing to or from,  rapidly, aggressively,  unaware of now,  a thought, another thought,  a mood, another mood,  so much so suddenly,  rushing from...
defeating tendencies

defeating tendencies

from the book embracing now: pain, joy, healing, living  we tend to preferhide and seek.we are adults playingkids’ games, but in real life.we desperately desireto discuss a topicwe never mention.will it bring itself up?we hope so,we wait tonotice an appearance,or...
expected excellence

expected excellence

from the book embracing now: pain, joy, healing, living. their expectationsexceed reality,transitioning momentsinto fictional drama. missing simplistic value,their rankingis a deceitful diagnosisof authentic love. welcome the raw. reject the show. excellence...
tracking us

tracking us

from the book embracing now: pain, joy, healing, living . our location,our desired entertainment,our preferences,our purchases,our favorites:yes, they are tracking us. foods and songs and colors,sizes and styles and flavors,miles and lanes and moods. but, as our...
560 days

560 days

From the book embracing now: pain, joy, healing, living. his words told me the number of daysof freedom.his facial expression and tone of voicetold me more.time has traveled as he’s pursued freedomfrom his lifestyle of dependence;peace has taken the place of...
Thoughts for Pastors After Easter

Thoughts for Pastors After Easter

Easter ended.  Last week reminded followers of Jesus the price paid to welcome them. A high price. The price of Christ’s life was given. Last week people reflected, remembered, and rejoiced at the end of the story. An end—as good narratives allow—that’s actually a...
a week of transformation

a week of transformation

from the book embracing now: pain, joy, healing, living  saturday now.morning moments ofreading, writing,praying, processing.today can i spell the word“therapy” this way:poetry?as time travels,words join in,moving, advancing,then stopping,to dare us to stareat now.and...
Thoughts from Tinker Creek

Thoughts from Tinker Creek

I’ve been discussing with writer friends about our favorite books and authors. We agree on a few, but we all selected different favorites. One of mine is Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.  Today’s blog isn’t covered with my reasons for loving her...