Every now and then I have a moment when I forget I am in Seattle.  I’ll stop and remind myself that the Puget Sound is my home, or that “Pacific Northwest” is my commonplace, or even that “WA” instead of “IA” is what I put on my return address. It’s not that I’m day dreaming, […]


Be something Please pray for me to Our Lord that, instead of merely writing something, I may be something, and indeed that I may so fully be what I ought to be that there may be no further necessity for me to write, since the mere fact of being what I ought to be would be more […]

I remember to this day the first time I was able to eat an entire cheeseburger from McDonald’s.  It was kind of a big deal.  My brother and I would usually get Happy Meals when we were younger, and would usually be disappointed by the toys—but nonetheless, they were still fun. The McDonald’s we would […]

Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet it is the law of all progress that it is […]

Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents.  Mostly what God does is love you.  Keep company with him and learn a life of love.  Observe how Christ loved us.  His love was not cautious but extravagant.  He didn’t love in order to get something […]

Walking out the door this morning, I ran into a spider web.  Not just any spider web, this one.  For a moment I went through that flailing arm phase that everyone goes through when they walk through and invisible web–throwing my arms up, wiping my face off, trying to figure out what just happened. Then, […]

“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” G.K. Chesterton. I rarely spend time anymore arguing if creation happened this way or that way, or if everything in the Bible is ‘completely true,’ and the facts have remained untouched […]

When we think of being ‘home sick’ we usually think of a place. We miss a place, miss our bed, the smell of our kitchen when meals are being prepared, or the quietness/business of the backyard.  What if  home were more than just a place…what if home is made of people rather than bricks and walls.  After a […]

My personality type is one that revels in being different, unique, special.  I find great delight in seeking out a new way of doing things, a new perspective, taking on a new challenge–just because it’s never been done that way before.  I’m not exactly adventurous, but I like to be ‘different’ or ‘special.’ However, sometimes this […]

Communities are not meant to change the world. If that’s the goal–you’ll get caught up in a power struggle. Communities are meant to live something together–and to reveal that it is good to be people of peace. Jean Vanier To see the full video/interview–visit: Loved as You Are. What if I want to change the […]