Category Faith

Sharing the Sky (June 2016)

Sharing the Sky (June 2016) One light to govern day. Another light to govern night. Tonight they salute each other across the dance floor of the earth. The sun making his grand solstice departure just as a strawberry moon arrives in her full-faced round beauty. For a few moments balance stretches from one horizon to […]

Getting Buzzed

So this strange thing happened to us in February. We are standing on the muddy shoulder of a country road after five hours of tromping about. We focus intently on a copse of trees: is that unusual and cool bird — a possible gyrfalcon — still perched there? Perhaps. Can we stalk closer? Maybe…noo…yess…and WHOOSH […]

Celebrating Harvests — Sweet & Bitter

Lammas, on August 1 is a strangely secret holiday in the modern world, though our ancestors knew it well across many northern cultures. It lands at the mid-point between Summer Solstice & Fall Equinox, when the first grains of the field might be gathered. The Lammas Cake celebrates earth’s provision: thank God, it looks like […]

Not for Publication

(I’ve been writing of how to find common celebrations across different beliefs, a good and worthy search. And, now, let’s give voice to the other side: when commonality isn’t appropriate.) Some moments (4:24am) are not meant to be shared. Mysteries require mist. Redwood groves only thrive where they are regularly bathed in fog. No one […]

Magic & Downfalls

Here I am again. At the top of a small hill, trying to ski down it with some elegance and style. More realistically: without injuring myself, others, or my dignity. I’ve made it down several hills today with complete success. Well, most people wouldn’t call them hills, more like a small rolls in the trail. […]

Song: God Comes to Life in a Time of Need

For those having a blue season, a tune out of the creative archive.

Death, Differences, and the Naked Truth

Imagine with me: sitting at the bed of a family member who is extremely ill, perhaps dying. Their closest and dearest have gathered. Some you haven’t spent much time with for a long while. But they have come from distance, through questions, tears, numbness, and obligation (in the best sense of that old-fashioned word). They […]

Mystics with Tool Kits

My partner, James, is a man of few words. A man dis-inclined to effusive expressions. A man who doesn’t see much point in talking about the spiritual realm. A man whose hands are so strong and skilled they earned him the title Master Carpenter. In other words, he and I are an odd match indeed. […]

Dinner Roulette

“My mom is a miracle,” declares the woman on the train with a wide smile. She’s tonight’s dinner companion, the latest assignment in Amtrak’s policy to share dining tables. She’s so happy to be riding the rails instead of the bus to her family gathering outside Little Rock. Her name is Shirley. “Isn’t this better? […]

Digesting the Bread of Life

Dr. B paused, smiled ruefully. “This is kind of challenging,” she told me gently, “It means eliminating all ground grains from your diet.” WHAT? No pizza, rosemary rounds, or brownies? None of James’ soda bread hot from the bread machine, slathered with butter? At that time, many foods twisted my intestines into knots. A colony […]