Walking Each Other Home

Walking Each Other Home

A friend recently recounted the following fable. A baby was walking on a path toward what was, for him, a new and completely unfamiliar experience–birth. (Don’t ask me how the baby was walking. That’s not the point). Traveling the opposite direction on the same path...
Let’s Get Better at Being Together

Let’s Get Better at Being Together

I’m cooking gumbo and here’s why: Death can be painful or rather, it often feels that way. However, it doesn’t have to be.  It doesn’t have to carry that weight. There is a way to transcend the pain of death, but achieving this requires a shift in our understanding of...
Small Towns and the Spirit of the Sugarhouse

Small Towns and the Spirit of the Sugarhouse

A friend told me maple sugaring in Vermont is a way of life. He said this as we were installing new sap runs and tapping a new section of his 150+ acre sugarbush. I have to agree with him. Chris Bohjalian, author and fellow small-towner, has written that steam from a...
Rethinking Institutional Life

Rethinking Institutional Life

Institutions are formed to serve specific purposes — often very important ones.  So we organize ourselves in many different ways — creating these numerous institutions in which we become involved to varying degrees. Except for an occasional hermit here and there,...
Since We Are Surrounded

Since We Are Surrounded

Kentucky author George Ella Lyon has a great poem titled “Where I’m From.” In it, she offers snapshots of her childhood growing up in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky and the people who have been part of her own story. Recently, my church enjoyed writing our own...