A Patchwork Quilt

I thought about titling this: "A Mishmash." But then I thought better. Who'd read something called "A Mishmash," anyway—sort of like: Who'd consider shopping at a place called "The Dump"? (As it turns out, many do.) So I decided on what I hope will be the more alluring title above. Which means that this blog … Continue reading A Patchwork Quilt

Be Still and Know

I think it's fair to say that most faith traditions share an important tenet, that being still and knowing go hand in hand—that being still and contemplative lead to understanding and insight. I recently posted a dual tribute to nature poet, Mary Oliver. In Jean Mackay's tribute, you'll find these words from Oliver's poem "Messenger," … Continue reading Be Still and Know

There Were Giants

Have you spent time outdoors recently? Have you managed to pull yourself away from those ubiquitous screens? I have a tough time doing that myself sometimes. Things are changing, slowly but surely. A birdsong groundswell is underway, and "the season of singing has come." We're transitioning from winter's relative silence to spring's louder and lustier … Continue reading There Were Giants

Farewell and Not Goodbye

I inserted a new first paragraph in "Back to Basics" several days after I published that blog. So for those of you who haven't read it, I include it again here: "There’s a wonderful old 'Far Side' cartoon featuring a dog, Ginger, and its owner. The owner says to the dog, 'OK, Ginger! I’ve had … Continue reading Farewell and Not Goodbye

Back to Basics

There's a wonderful old "Far Side" cartoon featuring a dog, Ginger, and its owner. The owner says to the dog, "OK, Ginger! I've had it! You stay out of the garbage! Understand, Ginger? Stay out of the garbage, or else!" But all the dog hears is, "Blah, blah, blah, Ginger. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, … Continue reading Back to Basics

The Thrill of a Lifetime, Part Two

We're still thinking about our encounters in northern Arizona (not far from the Grand Canyon) with the rarest North American bird and largest North American flying land bird, the California Condor. The Critically Endangered California Condor. If you'd like to learn about how our adventures began, please visit the last 2 blogs, "Under Construction" and … Continue reading The Thrill of a Lifetime, Part Two

The Thrill of a Lifetime

I wrote in an earlier blog, "Back to Flying," about "rusty pilots." Well, yours truly is a "rusty writer." I haven't posted a blog in almost 2 weeks. Yikes! But I have an excuse. My wife and I did, indeed, as planned, go to Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in AZ to join up with the … Continue reading The Thrill of a Lifetime