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”
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”
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”
May the work born of Christmas come alive in you.
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.””
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”
Time with Jennifer, Jeff, Eli is wonderful. We are here in Oregon, savoring the minutes and hours and stories and people and . . . well, those three mountains:
One of the many great joys of this sabbatical time are the ideas you send to us. Today Roberta, our Sarasota neighbor and wonderful visitor with Bruce of us in Ireland, sent us this vimeo – it is a 95 year old dancer telling about old age. Let us know what you think . .Continue reading “simplicity, work, enjoyment”
We woke before dawn to begin the transition (clean up, sort, and pack) for the next part of our journey. Today we fly to Portland for a week with my daughter, Jennifer and her husband, Jeff, and son, Elijah. It will be good to be with them and to be on the Pacific coast afterContinue reading “60 in Duluth”
3:00 am – Dublin time. We are off to the airport in a few minutes for a flight via Paris where (we’ll be for only an hour) and then to Duluth, Minnesota. Should be there in about twenty hours. We give thanks. We give thanks. We give thanks.