Category: Family Life

The Generous Gift

Another Way for week of June 16, 2017 The Generous Gift Editor’s note: Second of a four-part June series celebrating men and dads, drawn and updated from favorite Another Way columns over the years. We stood in the little foyer of that cement block church in rural North Florida after worship one Sunday morning. […]

Peace Treaty Signed in Milk Soup

On this Father’s Day I remember and honour my father. He was a simple peasant on what today might be not much more than a hobby farm yet with that piece of land he was able to feed six children and provide endless adventures—greater than any theme park! I remember that there were occasional unclarified […]

How It Has Always Been

Summer hit our house like a freight train when the kids got off the bus last Friday at 1:15.  It's all good, but intense.  I'm still writing, but with preaching this Sunday and preparing for next week's (!) writing retreat, I didn't get my usual post out on Monday.  In lieu of anything new, I'm sharing this poem that first arrived in June 2014. Enjoy! Also, scroll down for a preview of some of the paintings I've been working on this spring.  How It Has Always Been
The vicar general, shying away from ‘paganism’ hangs back and sits under a tree reading the guidebook.  I am able to approach the Buddhas barefoot and undisturbed, my feet in wet grass, wet sand. – Thomas Merton describing his visit to the sleeping Budhas in "The Asian Journal"
My son comes walking to me, barefoot,
across the wet summer grass. The morning light lays soft around him
and in that moment I see how it is,
how every child is a contemplative,
exposed in every way to the Now.
“This is what you must become,” Jesus whispers
and I see now how it has always been, God
and his children, barefoot, the morning grass
cool and wet beneath their feet.
* I stopped by Infinity Graphics today to get some prints of recent paintings. These bright beauties (the picture is a little dark) will soon be available to purchase as small wooden block paintings. Stay tuned.

On the Occasion of Your Sixteenth Birthday

Dear kids, Next week, incredibly, you will turn sixteen. This is the point at which you would expect me to roll out every known cliché about time flying, and about how hard it is to believe that the two delightful little creatures we brought home in 2001 are stampeding with no apparent care or concern for their parents’ nostalgia toward young adulthood, and about how old this makes me feel, and how with each passing year I experience ever more of the creeping dread of sentimentality and anxiety-stained hope for your futures, etc. But I won’t do any of those things. I’m sure you’re relieved.  […]

Little Things Can Mean So Much

Another Way for week of June 2, 2017 Little Things Can Mean So Much I noticed a lone tear slip down his cheek. He choked up as soon as we told him our youngest daughter had been able to come with us to visit on Easter afternoon at the nursing home where he’s been living […]

Mr. Carwash and the Extra Mile

Another Way for week of June 9, 2017 Mr. Carwash and the Extra Mile First of a four-part June series celebrating men and dads, drawn and updated from favorite Another Way columns over the years.   “This is the best car wash in town,” boasted the attendant at a small, local operation.  […]

Discovering More about Native Life: Christian’s Hope

Another Way for week of May 19, 2017 Discovering More about Native Life: Christian’s Hope Although I grew up in the 50s, I didn’t grow up playing cowboys and Indians. This was because: We weren’t allowed any games that simulated shooting. My dad hated any play that had to do with guns. We didn’t have […]
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