THE COLD STUNG my skin, even though I’d rubbed a protective layer of balm on my cheeks. Our breath mingled and condensed in a cloud of vapor. Doug and I grabbed hands and ran across the parking lot. He opened the driver’s door, and I scooted across the bench seat as quickly as I could. My long wool … [Read more...] about Skin in the Game
To celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary, Doug and I attended the Lady Gaga concert in Nationals Park in Washington, DC. Some 40,000 fans overflowed the ballpark on a sweltering August night. The Chromatica concert began late, at 9:00, and lasted a full 2 hours. The orchestration of video, … [Read more...] about Lady Gaga in Concert, DC Aug 2022
How often are you able to set foot in five different countries in one day? That's one reason why folks lined up for the European Union Embassy Tour 2022, which took place on May 14. When you enter an embassy you are technically on that country's soil. That reality came home when we passed through … [Read more...] about Embassy Tour 2022 — European Union
Every year the Embassies in Washington DC host an Embassy Tour on two Saturdays in May except, of course, for the last two pandemic years -- which means there was pent-up demand and excitement. May 7 was the reception for the non-European countries. May 14 was the EU's turn. We stepped foot … [Read more...] about Embassy Tour in DC, May 2022
(I just sent this as an email to my subscribers.) I love words. As the old year draws to an end, I choose a word that I hope will have resonance in the year ahead. I used to choose the words myself, but for the last few years I've embraced the idea of using a random word generator. My … [Read more...] about Choosing a Word for 2022, Happy New Year!
As you may already know, Doug and I are crossing the country in a truck camper. I'm chronicling our travels in a newsletter called Big Blue Adventures. I'm grateful that so many of you have subscribed! Generally my updates lag behind our adventures, but this week I caught up to Real Time. In the … [Read more...] about Happy New Year to You!
My latest book, THE #MeToo RECKONING, is now available in Korean. To see the new title, find the subtitled book trailer, or order the Korean translation, click here. … [Read more...] about UNTIL OUR WOUNDS HEAL
I like to converse with strangers, though I'm out of practice after this long pandemic. The other day I discussed abortion after rape with a stranger. I put this account on Facebook and it got a lot of response, so I'll capture it here as well. On the airplane yesterday, my seat mate was a woman … [Read more...] about Conversation with a Stranger: Abortion After Rape?
Yesterday we said goodbye to our beloved kitty, Wrangler. I am once again a writer without a kitty. We adopted her in January 2012 -- her name was an homage to the Grand Canyon Mule Trip our family took in late 2011. I have almost always had a lap cat. (I paid tribute to Krystal here.) In the … [Read more...] about Writer Without Kitty Cat
Bread is so elemental! Issues about gluten aside, bread has long been regarded as the staff of life. Loaves of bread appear frequently in the Bible, from Jesus' first temptation to his last supper. One of the best known of Jesus' miracles is that he fed hungry crowds -- 5,000 people or more -- by … [Read more...] about Quotations about Bread — fodder for sermons on John 6:1-21
Here's how my review of "Christ and the Multiverse" by David Williams begins . . . . Can you recall the moment in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” when Lucy enters the wardrobe? She expects to touch the back wall so she goes “further in” and finds herself in a world called Narnia, where … [Read more...] about My Review of “Christ and the Multiverse” by David Williams
I collaborated with Eileen Campbell-Reed to create a 4-session workshop for leaders (both clergy and lay) who want to do a better job responding to sexual abuse in their ministry contexts. This was a powerful experience! Workshop Available Online as Self-Paced Learning The live workshop is … [Read more...] about #MeToo Reckoning Workshop Available!