bubbles and beach stones

Patricia and I had the privilege, last Sunday afternoon, of wandering on the beach at Leelanau State Park Lighthouse, all the way on the northern tip of our peninsula in Lake Michigan.  We were delighted by the sun, the shimmer on the water, the magnificent grace of the swans, the history of the lighthouse and itsContinue reading “bubbles and beach stones”

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”

Light and Shadows

Back in early August, I had the privilege of walking the Table Rock Wilderness Trail near Mollala, Oregon, with my grandson, Moses.  On the trail I was captured by the play of light and shadow along the trail.  Among the images I photographed that day was this one of a monarch butterfly on the path amongContinue reading “Light and Shadows”

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”


What a transforming time has been the season of Lent and Easter for St. Andrew.  Donna Papenhausen’s art (& her words) have enabled us to see familiar texts differently.  Jim Cox’s gift of music has empowered us hear the notes of those familiar texts with fresh ears. During my lenten trip to Portland, Oregon forContinue reading “transformation”

four thoughts on a text

The gospel text for Sunday, March 3, 2013, the third one of Lent 2013 is: Luke 13:1-9 New Century Version (NCV) Change Your Hearts 13 At that time some people were there who told Jesus that Pilate[a] had killed some people from Galilee while they were worshiping. He mixed their blood with the blood of the animalsContinue reading “four thoughts on a text”

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 15 years to getContinue reading “2012 in review”

an adventure in the everglades

2012 was an unusual and awesome year in our lives. Thank you for being part of it through wellsofwellness.org. Our new year’s blessing for you continues the theme of this webpage: May 2013 be for you, a year of vibrancy, beauty, tears, and grace.   VIBRANCY In today’s paper, Frank Bruni’s editorial, “This New Year, seekContinue reading “an adventure in the everglades”

‘”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.””