advent (day 1) discovery.

I share two pieces on my podcast. You can also read them, if you’d prefer. Major kudos to the readers. 1st piece: I’m doing Advent my own way. Is that blasphemous? Nah. Here’s what’s happening. I’ve never taken the time to understand what many others celebrate, this seasonal journey into Christmas Day. Advent means the […]


Do I Write or Do I Garden?

If any of these good looking dark green, deep red, light green, thin, fat, lanky, abundant air cleansers, butterfly attracters, and deer candy end up in the heap of compost behind our fence, I’ll have a few really bad days all in a row.

I don’t have enough time for even one.

I guess what I’m saying is that I’m not going to write tonight.


Hello, Sir.

I think that’s how I would have addressed youif I’d met youthis side of the Jordan If I cared more about historyI would have admired you longer;I’ve missed out. But my children will hear about you.Tomorrow I’ll tell their 5 and 3 year old heartsA story of non-trendy grit. They’ll askWhat color is he?and I’ll […]


The Curse of Being Present Yet Unseen

It was somewhere between 2011 and 2013, I’d guess. I was married but didn’t have any children so it was easy to agree to middle-of-the-day activities. I served as an elder in my church and volunteered, along with another elder to take Communion to someone who couldn’t attend our worship services. The other elder was […]



(From my latest podcast episode. Click here to listen: One listener wrote the following: “In short, loneliness encompasses my life from the past 3-6 months, but really even throughout this past year. The changes happened abruptly. Friends and family moved away. Friends hit life milestones, while I was over here wishing I could be […]

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