To Bless and Not To Curse

Community / Ordinary Life

As I walked into the nursing home where my mother lives, I was aware of being behind. Traffic was heavy—both an accident and construction…

When to Argue or Not

Community / Discernment / Pluralistic World

Sometimes I swear it feels like everyone has become the worst sort of fundamentalist: quick to argue, slow to listen, no, unable to listen,…

Excerpt: Mink River (Bryan Doyle, 2010)

Books / Community / Spirituality

The Nun’s Funeral The old nun’s funeral was held at dawn, in accordance with her specific wish that her life be celebrated as holy…

Can We End Well and Enjoy Coffee, Too?

Community / Creation / Ordinary Life / Safe Place

Dear Friends, Although I’m dedicating this letter to Katy B. who has begun a dangerous journey, please come along, all of you, for none…

Letter to My Students

Culture / Ordinary Life / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

Dear Students, I’ll tell you about two key moments in my life. They came close together. I think I was seventeen. I’m not sure…

When you get old, who will you be?

Ordinary Life / Safe Place / Spirituality

What in life sustains us for the long trip to the end of our days? Sometimes a stream of despair causes me to doubt…

You are a promise breaker

Ordinary Life

Poised Taupe Gradually the wall colors of House Between have been changing from real-estate beige (every room was such a yawner the problem had…

Polarization, reaction and faithfulness

Discernment / Ordinary Life / Spirituality

I like to think that my beliefs are pure, held only because they are demonstrably true, and maintained in a form untouched by the…

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…