old age

I had a delightful conversation with Julia Brabenec, from Northport, yesterday.  She is a member of Trinity.  We had tea, fresh bread, and poetry.  Julia read me a number of her poems, including this one.  She gave me her permission to post it here for you to read: Old Age How does it happen? WeContinue reading “old age”

November in Northport, MI, 2015

Patricia and I are now in Northport, Mi. This image is from a sunset on Lake Michigan as observed on November 6, 2015. We will be updating new information on our blog weekly from our new location. Phil is now serving as pastor at Trinity Church of the UCC in Northport . . . andContinue reading “November in Northport, MI, 2015”

what prayers persist

In our Thursday AM study group at St. Andrew we are reading Jan Richardson’s wonderful book, In the Sanctuary of Women. Tomorrow we at 10:00 am we will be discussing chapter one. It is about Eve. Jan ponders lots of questions about Eve.  Among them is one something like this:   What prayers persist beneathContinue reading “what prayers persist”

‘”Old’ & ‘soul’ cannot do without each other.”

This ancient critter of God’s love was captured via iPhoto today at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota. She/he was just there. Not moving. Attentive to my presence. Yet, still. Listening. Watching. Waiting.   Must be Advent.   Anyway, the Thursday Study group at St. Andrew is reading James Hillman’s book, The Force of Character & TheContinue reading “‘”Old’ & ‘soul’ cannot do without each other.””

Building community

Aging with vibrancy, beauty, tears, and grace involves a commitment to hospitable, just, and compassionate community.  This affirmation led me to submit the following letter to the editors of the Sarasota Herald Tribune this morning.   On a recent trip home to Sarasota, I turned south from Interstate 4 onto Interstate 75.  There it was,Continue reading “Building community”