• free fall

    by  • July 12, 2007 • 12 Comments

    in the moment betweenthe orchestra tuning andthe curtain going uplies a space big enoughto hold our expectations in the last moment beforethe wheels touchdownand grab the runwayas we catch our breathand let go of our fear in that one moment beforebeginning — when we knowwhat’s coming but not hereyet – that one momentfull of...

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    a boy named sous

    by  • July 11, 2007 • 24 Comments

    I got the gig! It’s no Holy Grail, but there was much rejoicing. Yay! In between the opening and closing sessions of our Avalanche Ranch VBS, I drove down to Plymouth to talk to the Chef and came back with a job as his sous chef. I’m pumped. I call back tomorrow to find...

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    by  • July 10, 2007 • 12 Comments

    I have a job interview tomorrow. Last Saturday I made a cold call on a restaurant that happens to be across the parking lot from the Unemployment Office (excuse me – the Career Center). It’s a funky little place with a really cool menu that runs ads on cable from time to time. As...

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    q and a

    by  • July 9, 2007 • 3 Comments

    Ginger and I had a conversation with our friend Jay over coffee Saturday afternoon as we talked about the questions that shape our faith. Often, when people talk theology, the vocabulary centers on issues, which is ultimately polarizing, I think, because they end up doing things like taking a stand and defending a position....

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    stacking up stones

    by  • July 7, 2007 • 6 Comments

    One of my favorite stories in the Bible is Joshua telling the people to stack up twelve stones from the Jordan River for an altar after they had crossed through the river on dry ground. And then he told the People of Israel, “In the days to come, when your children ask, ‘What are...

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    by  • July 6, 2007 • 5 Comments

    we walked the beach in the dark.I feel like I’ve walked all day in lightthat’s been retreating like the endof a silent movie, shrinking to a pin spotand then disappearing into the certaindefeat of the black screen. Sometimes I imagine a hand reaching outof the shrinking circle, halting the darkness.Then a second hand, and...

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    what’s cookin’

    by  • July 4, 2007 • 7 Comments

    I went looking for a job today. I’ve made only a marginal effort since I was fired from The Inn because I knew I was going on mission trip and had a couple of other things on the calendar and I couldn’t see starting a new gig by saying, “Oh – and I need...

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    I am a patriot

    by  • July 3, 2007 • 11 Comments

    I do a fair amount of listening to country music, but I’m always a little gun shy of my radio this time of year (no pun intended) because the closer we get to the fireworks the more often they play Toby Keith singing about putting a boot up anyone’s ass who disagrees with our...

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    thanking an old friend

    by  • July 2, 2007 • 8 Comments

    “It was a dark and stormy night.” So goes the opening sentence to Snoopy’s always-in-process novel back in the Peanuts days. He sat at his typewriter, ready to be the next great American novelist and that was the best he could do. “It was a dark and stormy night.” George Bulwer-Lytton used the sentence...

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    cry wolf

    by  • July 1, 2007 • 6 Comments

    “Forget about fairy tales,” she saidas we entered Wolf Hollow.“They will make you frightenedof the wolves,” she said, as thoughwe were looking at docile dogsthrough two layers of tall fence. Gracie our youngest, descendantof the wolves I’m told, is frightenedby the early freedom thunderof fireworks a couple of blocks away.She shakes as though she...

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