Friends, my name if Charles LaFond and I am the writer of “The Daily Sip,” a blog of what I call “domestic spirituality.”
I am writing to ask a favor from you. Do you have a memory of a “daily Sip” which impacted you? Are there one or two you particularly liked? Can you respond to this by commenting or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org ? You can give me the link, a title, a topic or just some key words and let me go find it. I need to send the publisher a few samples for the review process and am told that in situations like this, let your readers tell you what work is best.
I have been invited by a respected publisher to submit samples of the daily sip as we prepare for possible publication into a book – a “day book” of 365 meditations in print along with another 35 meditations on topics of concern to most lives – loss, betrayal, hope, joy, illness, faith-crisis. The book will draw from more than 700 of these blogs and some from “The View from Blackwater Bluff” a similar blog I wrote when Canon For Congregational Life in New Hampshire and also from 150 meditations spoken to the New Hampshire State Senate every week in session.
Its goal is to offer a daily (almost) “sip” ..like with our coffee… which offers real, vulnerable, honest, unvarnished and un-pious brief meditations on things spiritual but also relational, psychological, and emotional. These are offerings about how we live our lives. Sometimes poetry, sometimes prose – and always with a related image taken on my cell phone to go with the 300-600 words.
Both my new books will be out next Fall – a new book on how to write and live by a Rule of Life offering 30 meditations on 30 Christian dispositions of life and tips to write your own Rule and tips on how to live by it. A second book called “Fearless Major Gifts: Inspiring Meaning-making will teach churches and non profits how to manage a major gifts program woven through with the spirituality of stewardship and the praxis of measurable effectiveness.
This Daily Sip book will be my fourth in four years and I am thrilled to begin editing it for review and possible publication as I begin a manuscript on friendship, one on loss and one of poetry.
Thank you for reading The Daily Sip and know how grateful I am for your help.