Why Laugh?

Laughter? Reasons? Causes? Occasions? A child securely strapped to the back of his mother on a wonderful hike; the awareness of being with you–whom I love!–at the beginning of each podcast episode; the complete security that follows total commitment to the...

Walking in beauty of heaven and earth

Walking in beauty integrates person and community with land, cosmos, and Deity. The heavenly pattern of that integration is truth that we can taste, “on earth as it is in heaven.” The goodness of beauty assures us that we can share this taste with others....

Divine positive attitudes

Problems are more likely to be overwhelming when multiple kinds of problem are tangled together: uncertainty, disappointment, apparent defeat, the sheer difficulty of what is to be done, the immensity of the task, and the inexplicable in a situation. How do you learn...

Vacations: Autumn Arrangements

Vacations: Autumn Arrangement For over a decade I worked with a volunteer organization which had, at its height, over forty members. I knew them well enough to notice a pattern in many of my friends. Again and again I knew that one of of them was working intensely for...

A poem plus

The Wonder Like air fresh-cleansed by rain, and shining grass in bright and gently sun- lit day . . . . Did I attain sincere worship? The soul as I recall did surge, a pilot cleared for take-off. Then felt the lift-off, the entry into stratosphere, and then, in...
Walking in beauty

Walking in beauty

“Walking in beauty” is a Navajo phrase that symbolizes a cosmically attuned and responsible way of life. Coping with hardship or gathering in celebration, our fulfillment comes as part of nature, through the arts, with others in society, and in relationship to the...