Hearing amidst the clamor: 4 reflections

Maturity and Flourishing / Spirituality

On learning to hear A couple of years ago I published an essay on Art House America that I titled, “On Learning to Hear.”…

The Appearance of Virtue

Faith / Maturity and Flourishing / Spirituality

I set out one night When the tide was low There were signs in the sky But I did not know I’d be caught…

Vital Questions About Your Life

Discernment / Maturity and Flourishing / Spirituality

In a brief piece posted online on The Huffington Post (03/02/2014), Susie Moore, a life coach in New York City listed “5 Killer Life…

A Gentle Madness

Community / Family / Hospitality / Maturity and Flourishing / Ordinary Life / Work and Rest

“People have always collected things. Whether a vestige of our hunter-gatherer days, a need to forge order amid chaos, or a simple desire to…

Imagination matters

Art / Maturity and Flourishing / Spirituality

One of the reasons I have sworn allegiance to Christ as king is that I believe the ancient prophets. Their words echo down the…

Nourishing Gratitude: Being Thankful, Again

Hospitality / Maturity and Flourishing / Work and Rest

One of the dangers of a comfortable life is that comfort becomes our norm. So, we notice when events dip below that standard, but…

Discovering your calling, slowly

Maturity and Flourishing / Spirituality

Last night Margie read from and signed copies of her book, The Exact Place. Anita had filled Toad Hall with candles and flowers, arranged…

Character v. Personality

Books / Culture / Maturity and Flourishing

As Susan Cain points out in her fascinating book, Quiet, American society went through an important cultural shift in the opening years of the…

A Beautiful Woman

Maturity and Flourishing / Spirituality

A beautiful woman Yesterday afternoon we drove 90 minutes north from Toad Hall to an old theater in the heart of Minneapolis. We parked…