reflections from the belly of the whale

This could be titled Phlegm 3, but I got tired of the nasty connotations of that word. As I have sat at home today, thinking, praying, pondering, and being generally disgusted at how little I can do, I had these thoughts, mostly as a result of my time in the hospital. If I am physically... Continue Reading →

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The Singer Christmas

(An excerpt from "The Singer Trilogy" by Calvin Miller) The Father and his Troubadour sat down Upon the outer rim of space "And here, My Singer," said Earthmaker, "is the crown of all my endless skies - the green, brown sphere of all my hopes." He reached and took the round new planet down, and... Continue Reading →

nice God.1

God isn't as nice as I think I would often like Him to be. He isn't as nice as I think most people imagine Him to be. I suspect that many people mentally mold God into a shape that they can comfortably worship, or "celebrate," as is so popular in the 21st century. But when... Continue Reading →

50 – changes in altitude

These changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes, Nothing remains quite the same. Through all of the islands and all of the highlands, If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane - J. Buffett In the summer of 2012 my family and I met Ursula the bear in the Rocky Mountains and in the fall... Continue Reading →

43 – decresco

I Must Decrease. As far as I can tell, many religions will agree on this axiom. Whether meditating in accordance with teachings of the Buddha or the Christ, the spiritual disciple must decrease. His will, his credit, his appetites, his self-interest, and his self-image must decrease. The ascetic life is difficult, though, regardless of its... Continue Reading →

imponderable funnel

Funnel 38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: 2 “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? 3 Dress for action[a] like a man;     I will question you, and you make it known to me. 4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?     Tell me, if you have understanding. 5 Who determined its measurements—surely you... Continue Reading →

Resolved 2018

To listen, read and write more, and to communicate less words but more meaning. Each year for the past several, I have resolved to speak less but say as much or more. Hopefully I am making progress. Have a good year, however you define that.

Nativity Walk 6

Part 6 in a Christmas Series beginning with NW1: The sun was barely out when Mary was awakened by the baby's kicking.  She said her morning prayers down at the river in the solitude, and then roused Joseph from a hard sleep. "I had a dream," he said, "there were Roman soldiers and an elderly... Continue Reading →

Nativity Walk 5

**This is part 5 of a series, beginning with Nativity Walk 1: As our young couple and their favorite donkey ambles along, the landscape slopes down to the river, flattens, and the trees fade into more of a desert terrain. The lack of shade wasn't a problem in the morning hours, but by noon the... Continue Reading →

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