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…

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…

Little Ways and Secret Sins

Ordinary Life / Safe Place / Spirituality

In 1873 a twenty-three-year-old French woman died of tuberculosis. It was a common disease back then and many died from this incurable pulmonary wasting…

Calm down!

Creation / Ordinary Life / Safe Place / Work and Rest

If it were up to me I’d be blasting judgment from my throne. I would wipe out – the Zika virus, the ex-president of…

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…