Month: January 2018


polar bears and backflips


“Religion is for people who are afraid of hell.  Spirituality is for people who have experienced it.” Vine Deloria, JR.  Native American Activist, theologian and historian Perhaps we are working too hard at spirituality.  Perhaps spirituality comes to us, and is borne within us, simply from the encounters we have...

Discernment and essentialism – the one right thing!


  “The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not,...

An Epiphany about human eyes


As a fundraiser for people who are experiencing homelessness, I have faced a quandary. Why is it that normal, rational, informed, intelligent people have such a hard time getting their head around homelessness?  And by the way, I am, some days, one of those normal, rational, informed, intelligent people. Perhaps...

the daily sip


Fear curdles joy and blocks creativity entirely.  Fear is hot, dry and sandy. Like betrayal and sex, fear is not something we talk about in polite society and so it can move about like a mugger in a city alley, stalking, beating, terrifying. on like viper in an Arab desert....

Heavy with Hope


Kai-the-dog is 12 years old today, New Year’s Day.  He is slowing down, rising off the carpet with a heaviness of years and on aching muscles. The same thing is happening to me.  We are getting old together. Who new!? A parishioner in my curacy in Charlottesville once said of...