Month: October 2014


breathing hot or fresh


The Holy Spirit is not a subject on which we spend much time.  We are much happier staying on the imposed masculinity and solidity of Jesus and God.  The Holy Spirit has often been associated with the feminine - with wind and moving air.  Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit onto...

watch this one TED Talk…it will change your life!


Watch this video link below. Don't think about watching it.  Don't put it off to later in a busy day. Just watch it.  Right now. This 20 minutes will be a great investment: http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability   Why? The cathedral is about to enter into what I believe is one of the...

darkeness and connection


It always amazes me that so much that happened in our scriptures, happened in the dark. God's brooding over the earth as creation unfolded, happened in the dark. Half of the desert wandering, happened in the dark. The Temple's Holy of Holies, existed in the dark. The annunciation of Mary,...

wandering brain


Later this week, an event will occur which has been planned by the Art of Hosting Meaningful Conversation Committee, chaired by Rae Denman and Tim Dunbar, for more than a year.  Working with The  Dean, the Chapter, the Vestry, three very gifted consultants and the more than 70 leaders on...

tea, roses and attitude


  Funny things happen when one is hit by a speeding train. Life shifts. New things take importance over old things and new ways of being in the world begin to emerge out of the mists of Czech Intensive Care Units and Neurosurgeon teams. One of the new things I...

a tolerance for impermanance


  an excerpt from a poem by Rilke... "Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final." When I read Rilke, my legs go weak and I need to reach out and hold onto a piece of furniture.  He seems to be one of...

peace, plums and fear


One of the many blessings which come from saying the daily office at the Cathedral with my colleagues at 8:30 and 5:00 every day is that we wade into, and are washed over, by the psalms.  Two thirds of them are deep laments and one third are praise psalms.  At...

clay


This vase is raw clay at this point.  It has just been thrown on the potter's wheel and has been matched with a chuck of raw agate which will be reunited with the lid once the clay has been dried, fired, glazed and re-fired to 2400 degrees. What makes the...