How do you do it?

Every time I read a book about being Black in the United States, I become sad at the horrible way that people of color have been treated, and continue to be treated, in what is so often called "the land of the free." Every time I read an article this year about the 100th anniversary … Continue reading How do you do it?

Phones No More

I had a wonderful weekend away at Bear Creek Camp, the Lutheran church camp I've been connected to in various ways for my entire life. My family and I went there for a special "Labor Day Family Camp," an event I last attended in 1987 or so. Wow. That's a long time. Anyway, while I … Continue reading Phones No More

Some Wounds are Still Open

I just read Wendell Berry's book The Hidden Wound, an extended essay about racism, told in part as a memoir of his childhood experiences with two Black people who touched his life. The Hidden Wound was written in 1969, but it's remarkable how applicable it is to today's world. Berry wrote this: I am trying … Continue reading Some Wounds are Still Open

Electoral Change

So I've changed my mind about something political. I have to admit, this is something I didn't think was possible. I didn't think any of us could change our minds at all. But thanks to an article in my local paper, I did. It's about the Electoral College, the arcane tool used to elect presidents … Continue reading Electoral Change

The Slow Telling of a Story 5: The Further Slowdown

I told you a few days ago about the rewriting process that led to a major overhaul of my book, Darkwater. (You can find that post here. Also, get caught up on Slow Telling of a Story 1, 2, and 3.) I did that rewriting, a huge burst of writing energy, right at the beginning … Continue reading The Slow Telling of a Story 5: The Further Slowdown

God loves us. Why have we forgotten?

The very first creed of the Christian church was two words: Kyrios Iesous. Or, in English, "Jesus is Lord." That was it. At first, there was no Apostles Creed, no virgin birth, no Council of Nicaea, no Holy Trinity, no theories of the redemption. Just two words. Kyrios Iesous. It was a political statement. The … Continue reading God loves us. Why have we forgotten?

The Slow Telling of a Story 4: Rewriting a Life

So, a long, long time ago, back in the era we call B.C. ("before Coronavirus"), I was telling you a story. It was the story of the publication of my book, Darkwater. The story of how a manuscript becomes a real boy. I called this series of posts "The Slow Telling of a Story" because … Continue reading The Slow Telling of a Story 4: Rewriting a Life

One of My Biggest Triggers

So, I've recently discerned one of the things that continually upsets me in daily life, that causes me both anxiety and depression. It's a major trigger for me, and that's a shame, because it's almost unavoidable in everyday life. The really interesting thing about this trigger, for me, is that I have finally found something … Continue reading One of My Biggest Triggers

Labyrinth #38: Villa Pauline Retreat and Spiritual Center, Mendham, New Jersey

I enjoy walking labyrinths. Labyrinths are maze-like structures that have been used as spiritual tools for centuries. There are many of them around, and I am in the habit of trying to visit a lot of them. For more information about labyrinths, check out The Labyrinth Society.¬†Find where labyrinths are in your area at the … Continue reading Labyrinth #38: Villa Pauline Retreat and Spiritual Center, Mendham, New Jersey

Labyrinth #37: Unity of Sussex County, New Jersey

I enjoy walking labyrinths. Labyrinths are maze-like structures that have been used as spiritual tools for centuries. There are many of them around, and I am in the habit of trying to visit a lot of them. For more information about labyrinths, check out The Labyrinth Society.¬†Find where labyrinths are in your area at the … Continue reading Labyrinth #37: Unity of Sussex County, New Jersey