The Column

This week's column: from arrogance toward humility (featuring Gaston). 


Greetings/The Drowsy Chaperone

Photo via the Rochester Civic Theater Facebook Page

Weekend salutations to you! How are you? All is well around here. Life is full and good. Working at the Office of the Bishop (these weeks are the busiest time of the year for me at work as we prepare for Synod Assembly...this year with lots of updates to the aesthetic of all the written/visual materials....eeek! It's really fun and life-giving. But overwhelming at times), pulpit supply preaching on weekends, and writing a couple columns for the Post-Bulletin. Very grateful for these opportunities to do things I love to do.

I recommitted to some wellness goals last week. I got a little off track with the house buying and moving. Having nutrient-dense food in the house and ready to grab makes a big difference. I like my gym (Northgate) and try to get there at least 3 times a week. I'm finding it's a fun time to exercise and read on my Ipad/Kindle.

Do you live in Rochester?

You need to get tickets to The Drowsy Chaperone! My friend Anjanette is in it (she's the chaperone!). Mom and I went last night. My friends Clint and Sharon had given me a gift card to the Rochester Civic Theater three years ago as a going away gift from Zion. Last night was the night! Mom and I loved it. So much fun. Here's how to get your tickets. 

Here's some background on the original script & production.

It's a musical with tons of choreography and humor...and some very tender moments, too. Loved it!

Have a great weekend! I'm heading to Albert Lea to preaching in the morning. Roadtrip!


This Week's Column

Here's a link to this week's column focused on moving from isolation toward community. 

Also - after 2 glorious weeks - my wifi hotspot device is due back to the library tomorrow. I'm not sure what that will mean for blogging (I just found out my gym has Internet...so maybe I can work blogging into my workout routine!). 

But I will say - I LOVED having home internet for the last two weeks. Thanks Rochester Public Library! I was able to write, read, and create thanks to your generous Internet goodness. 



Tumeric - January 2017



Brothers - January 2017



Dancer on stage at the wedding in India / January 19, 2017
“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ” 
- Maya Angelou



The wedding pandit in India
We step into the sanctuary
Elements of earth
Byproducts creation
We return them
Again to you
In flames
Holy books and holy prayers
Familiar and unfamiliar
Invitations to suspend
Oil drips
Upon the ashes


Photo & Quote

from Kolkata, January 2017

“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson


This Week's Column: Lent, Week #1

This week's column begins this year's Lenten series.

Here it is. 

Hope you had a good weekend! Here's a peek at mine...



comes in forms
unique to person

to read
to write
to buy
to not buy
to listen
to speak
to try
to step aside
to get up
to go to bed
to keep watching
to look away

do not prescribe resistance
for your neighbors
do not judge their path
their healing
their methodology

we do not know
the oppressors
who tried to silence
her words
her hope
his music
his kindness

so let us all resist
in our own native tongue

the cacophony arises
an eruption of resilience
a pentecost of possibility

and each recognizes
the hope we share