Say, “Thank you.”

Community / Hospitality / Ordinary Life / Visual Art

“Choose whatever you like!” We were sitting in the Bustard’s living room looking through a stack of original prints and the artist was making…

Make Me Find Joy

Community / Creation / Ordinary Life / Safe Place

Drought – now there’s a word. Drought. Like California. Like now as I try to write. It’s been like trying to cough up fish…

Gift Couch

Community / Hospitality / Ordinary Life / Safe Place

Camelback couch needs a new look From the moment it was hauled through the front door, I hated that pine-green naugahyde couch. It stank…

Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson, 2014)

Books / Community

A story of justice and redemption The title I’ve chosen for this review is the subtitle of the book, Just Mercy I am eagerly…

A Very Comfortable Alienation

Community / Hospitality / Maturity and Flourishing

There is a phenomenon slowly spreading over the social landscape that is worth noting. I suspect it’s been around since the moment our first…

Facing Guns and Horror

Community / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

In a thoughtful and pained reflection, “The Inexplicable: Inside the mind of a mass killer,” Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard tries to comprehend the…

Emergency in the Garage

Community / Ordinary Life

You do not want to begin your day finding a note on the counter that reads “Emergency in garage. Freezer door left open. Everything…

Is Everything Political?

Community / Ordinary Life / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

In Our Only World (2015), Wendell Berry argues that people must be careful to resist the temptation of politicization: the habit of mind that…

A Conversation About Ferguson

Community / Culture / Safe Place / Spirituality

Introduction Meet Greg Pitchford and Luke Bobo. Luke is a 55 year-old African-American male and Greg is a 51 year-old White-American male. Luke lives…

Welcoming strangers

Community / Hospitality

“Cain went away,” we are told in the opening pages of scripture, fracturing the human race into “us” and “strangers” (Genesis 4:16). The division…