I'll Leave the Light on for You

I'll Leave the Light on for You

February 12, 2019

I have lived a long life in a world too few would recognize now. I reckon, by today’s standards, it was “old fashioned.” Simplistic? We managed to live with an ingrained sense of simplicity, of sufficiency. Our lives defied any particular sort of accumulation.

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Waiting with Simeon

Waiting with Simeon

December 04, 2018

There in the dust and bustle and eventual hush of familiar religious practice, the Old and New Testaments interwove suddenly, quite simply. Between God’s unlikely prophet, and the newborn—the oh, so unlikely One foretold.

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The Parameters of Need

The Parameters of Need

June 26, 2018

We all face varying necessities...but we also contend with our desires—the hunger to thrive. The nature of our own ambivalence sends us off on endless searches. And we each, when we’re self-honest, find ourselves in this territory: segueing from wanting what we truly need, to an equivocal choice of “needing” what we badly want. 

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Seeds of Tomorrow

Seeds of Tomorrow

March 15, 2018

The earth, the whole of it, is our garden. Our cross-thatched Eden, a checkerboard of beauty and clutter and devastation. The fertile fields we work and play upon—and litter with our stash of trash and ravish with our wars. Our squash and our squashing.

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Coming Together: On Neighbors, Fences, and Moments

Coming Together: On Neighbors, Fences, and Moments

November 07, 2017

Who, existentially, is my neighbor, and what does it imply, or not, in my larger life beyond my front porch? Do I owe something more than I have given to this unfathomable, unreasonable world? Do I gain something more than I have wanted, or ever missed?

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Under The Rainbow...

Under The Rainbow...

August 01, 2017

I'm a bit of a perfectionist. I don't think I'm the only one around. Perfectionists want to do everything, umm, perfectly. We expect much of ourselves, and perhaps, others. We want to be activators, integrators, celebrators.

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Seeing Sideways

Seeing Sideways

February 01, 2017

It was raining again when I walked out of church—a slow spritz that would invoke a guffaw in the saturated Northeast. But in Southern California it was, Oh yay, rain! I smiled, raised my umbrella, and headed across the street. And I saw him standing there. A robust young man. Facing the church, holding a cardboard "help" sign.

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The Genesis of Sky Mesa Journal

The Genesis of Sky Mesa Journal

October 27, 2016

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beneath His cool shadow

beneath His cool shadow

August 12, 2016

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The Reason for the Light

The Reason for the Light

June 09, 2016

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A Silent and Simple Exorcism

A Silent and Simple Exorcism

January 04, 2016

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Why Art Matters: Because Arts Don’t Just “Happen”

Why Art Matters: Because Arts Don’t Just “Happen”

September 29, 2015

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Beyond the Cock-Crows

Beyond the Cock-Crows

September 29, 2015

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Harvesting Eden

Harvesting Eden

August 19, 2015

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Finding Quiet: Silence as Presence

Finding Quiet: Silence as Presence

June 18, 2015

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What Nature Teaches: On Suffering and Steadiness

What Nature Teaches: On Suffering and Steadiness

May 08, 2015

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Finding Our Way in a Complex World: Blue upon Blue

Finding Our Way in a Complex World: Blue upon Blue

January 27, 2015

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Simple Gifts, Simple Christmas

Simple Gifts, Simple Christmas

December 10, 2014

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Cleaning Out the Clutter

Cleaning Out the Clutter

September 20, 2014

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A Prayer for Artists

A Prayer for Artists

December 20, 2013

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