vulnerability in wildernesses


"... I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and His train filled the sanctuary. Above him stood the Seraphim; each had six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew." (Isaiah 6:1–3) This seems like...

a balloon liturgy


In October, Albuquerque’s big sky is filled with balloons and I am like a puppy beneath a ball. The playful, joyful atmosphere of these floating billboards of delight and color take even the grouchiest by storm and inspire a smile.  Add to that the native American fry-bread and green chilies...

brooding in a safe place


Wind howls on the farm here in New Mexico in late summer and fall. Not being a meteorologist, I am not sure why this happens, but it does. It is so windy here in the fall and winter that I almost re-named the house for the wind that swirls around...

our inner wailing


Recently I was in the grocery store and heard a child crying.  She was riding in her mother’s grocery cart, weeping bitterly over some lost thing.  As I got closer I could not help overhearing her whimpering speech. “I want my dolly.” She said.  “You lost it at the beach...

the three acts of morning


Tomatoes, the last of the summer, are making their way into our kitchens like the last warriors coming home from battle or the last runners ending their race.  Not early, but alive, dirty, tired and very well indeed.  Still, even as the crisp night air whispers winter, there is hot...

stress


When glass on clay cools, it crazes - a technical pottery term for the tiny fractures in the glass which occur as the clay and the glass cool and shrink at different rates. This sometimes happens on a lake in deep winter when the water freezes and pushes against the...

the balanced load


Kai-the-dog loves nothing more than to find, and subsequently carry, a very large branch on our walks.  He keeps an eye out for one the way we humans are always on the lookout for a good sale or cake (I love cake!)  One can see my dog’s eyes darting around...

the pueblo Koshare


This is a koshare - a native-american pueblo clown with a simultaneous reputation both for exposing truth in a playful and mischievous way, as well as one of exhibiting a near constant level of joy and delight.  The spirit represented by this doll has a great gift to give to...

on anger


Evagrius Ponticus was a fourth century theologian in and around Jerusalem many of whose writings deeply inspire my spiritual journey. Like many of us, he was a complicated man and one of his besetting sins and passions (for the one so often results from the other) was anger. Anger in...

fire and tumbleweed


Sunsets here at the farm can be breath-taking.  At a glance the image looks like a forest fire or a volcanic explosion.  It is just a sunset. It is so easy to mistake something lovely and benign for something dangerous Between where I was standing and this sunset, about a...