the candy cane


One really must get out of one's own way in order to see the beauty of truth.  But then one must summon courage, heart- strength, in order to face the truth and the beauty of it, such that its agony and its ecstasy are both harvested.  That is the conundrum....

Father Fido


When I was a part of a church, I found the rituals and music to be foundational to my experience. They seemed to funnel me or to be channels that guided me to "becoming a better person." Back then I believed the lies that I was born evil.  I believed...

The view from the side


When I make pots I have a small mirror down by the wheel-head to show me the side-view of the pot.  Looking down on the pot from above as "the potter" gives me only one point of view and that, often distorted. Having grown up in the church and made...

Leaving Orthodoxy to be able to fly


Do you have a definition of what you mean by the word, capitalized, the word we use when we say "God?" Are you afraid to speak your definition?  Are you worried about orthodoxy?  Are you worried about what your priest or minister or pastor or rabbi thinks about your definition?...

Change


For so many years, decades even, I did what I felt others wanted me to do.  I tried to be a "good boy" as a child.  I tried to be an "impressive"  young adult.  I tried to be a "successful" adult.  I did what I thought the people around me...

The archeology of a name like “God”


Have you ever wondered what life might be like if we renamed "God"?  It's hard because one would be resistant to renaming a dog or a cat, a child, or a book.  So why would we rename "God"? I have so many friends who have gone through a tremendous metamorphosis...

The Big Book of Life


There are so many wonderful books.  Some are called "sacred" texts and others simply inspiring or moving or entertaining or challenging or informative.  Some are about the spiritual life, some filled with prayers, and others with poems.  As I age, I am noticing that what is in The "holy" books...

The Original Idea: a daily and a sip


Dear readers; I am considering a reprise of The Daily Sip after an overwhelming response from readers (386 emails asking for it to return from almost half of the 890 registered open-rate readers and a few hundred of my 3,500 Facebook readers) but in a different format.  I am going...

One last, little sip…


Not too long ago, while chatting with a particularly ineffective Canon to the Ordinary, the kind of climber that desperately and repeatedly runs for, and fails at, elections to various Bishoprics, I said of a bullying bishop “He would behave better, even in his clear incompetence, if he would, even...