Month: May 2014


life and death dance


  Life and death commingle in gardens and graveyards. We live our lives pushing life and death into compartments on our plate like a two-year-old who does not want his carrots and noodles to touch each other on the plate. Tantrums heave beneath our mild exteriors like ocean waves or...

change


  A sudden snow fall in Denver today has blanketed the land with white, heavy snow.  It is, for an easterner, confusing to have so much snow in mid-May on my tulips.  I open my closet and find myself wondering if I was premature to replace sweaters with linen. Then...

in defiance of beauty


  It takes courage to make a new thing.  It takes more courage to make something than to destroy something, use something, change something or dominate something.  Little people dominate.  We know that from history and from psychology.  I so often find that the frustration which comes from the story...

golden eggs and kissed hands


  I love the crazy-wonderful golden hue on these Easter eggs made by me and my pal Steve.  We were shopping for lunch one day and found ourselves standing in the Easter section of the grocery store. Who knew you could buy egg dye which had a golden hue? Yay!...

grass and walls


  Walls and green grass are a comfort in a frantic, over caffeinated life, so full of demands. We walk this way only once. The grass under our feet so that the land feeds us like a mother. massaging tired feet with cool life; while the stone walls provide the...

our cell and our hard-drive space


Anthony of Egypt is a saint of the 4th century who went off into the dessert in order to be alone with God.  Many consider him a founder of what we now call Christian monasticism.  The word monasticism comes from "monos" or "alone" and implies that we are indeed alone...

creativity and vulnerability


As we begin the process of unfolding the Art of Hosting Meaningful Conversation practice within the cathedral community, I am thinking a lot about authentic conversations between humans in which their collective intelligence is harvested to influence their lives together. I wonder what conversation within the life of the Trinity...

warm angel-cloth


The empty coffin in the Easter icon of the Myrrh-bearing Women holds in its center, this coffin from which Jesus has emerged to be and bring life to the world. I love the way the white vestments of the angel and the white linens of the tomb are indistinguishable.  They...

when the plans change and God kisses us


When we come to the empty tomb, we have a choice to make.  We have come with an expectation and God has turned upside-down our expectations by doing something miraculous.  Jesus is not here.  He is Risen from the dead. The women brought spices, which when mingled with the sap-like...