getting in touch with myself once more

I'm not sure why this man is taking a walk now. Is he on his way somewhere? Did his dog need to go out? Or did he just need to center and get in touch with himself again?If it was you, why would you be here? Now?The most peaceful times for me when I feel most connected to Source is at night, under the stars, maybe smoking my pipe, maybe with or without my dog, but usually in winter. There is just so much stillness it seems to seep into the core of my being and evoke a serenity like no … [Read more...]

in darkness and storm

(Prints are available here.)Sometimes we simply must weather the darkness and the storm.And sometimes, whether we like it or  not, we have to do it alone.This is as it should be, because this is as it is. … [Read more...]

painting: we await the storm

The personality of the universe! So incredibly diverse. Sometimes calm. Sometimes fierce.The storms that we face in our personal lives... where can we hide? Who can abide them?What if we faced them squarely? We might escape them just barely.But I live among survivors. Every one of them, a survivor.Like you. Like me.(The original is available!)  … [Read more...]

painting “the hills will hide me”

Buy my original art HERE.The only cure for loneliness is solitude. This is my companion. I go to the hills and hide myself there. The trees shelter me. I am contained within a wilderness, and the wilderness in my heart grows to match it. My heart is as spacious as the wild around me. Yes I'm alone. But I am good. I am very good. … [Read more...]

the need to leave

(This original painting is available!)You've kept your place. You've held your ground. You've filled your space. You've stayed in bounds.But something calls. You know you must. You forsake all. You will be blessed.It's time to go. It's time to leave. This much you know: this is your peace.  … [Read more...]

new painting “degrees of separation”

This is a new commissioned painting I completed yesterday for a client who requested it. I have done many similar to this theme.What it speaks to me is the sense of nearness we have and yet the feeling of separation we sometimes feel. This is especially true of online relationships. I believe they can be incredibly valuable. But there are challenges to be recognized and overcome.One of the things that most people feel when they leave the church is loneliness. I have started a new online site … [Read more...]

one tree one man watercolor

Never underestimate the loneliness you will feel when you leave the church. But you will, if you try, find news ways to find communion in this world. I promise.I've started painting watercolors again. Check out my store! … [Read more...]

let’s find rest together

"NORTHERN LIGHT CROWS": (buy a print of my painting!)Let's find rest. Let's find rest together. Let's just be together. As we are. And rest. Just look at these crows. They don't judge one another. A crow's a crow. And that's it. They flock together. The eat together. They fly together. And rest together. Under the brilliant northern lights and the vast array of stars. They rest together and delight in the world in which they live. A crow's a crow. Under the brilliant northern lights and the … [Read more...]

be selfish for a change

One of the things that religion teaches you is that you must serve others before yourself. You must always put others ahead of yourself. In fact, you should neglect your own needs for the sake of others.To take care of yourself is a sign of weakness and selfishness. To take time for yourself in order to care for yourself is understood as an unfortunate need for an inconvenient sabbatical that is temporary until you get well enough to serve others again.Which is odd! Because the people we … [Read more...]


The story of Jesus being tempted by the devil for 40 days and nights in the desert is an incredibly risky story for Christianity.Why? Because it betrays the sheer humanity of Jesus. In religion, temptation is understood as the inclination to sin... the desire to perform an act that one may regret later. The inclination to sin? The desire to perform a regrettable act? Usually, in religion, the inclination to sin and the battle against desire are enough to get you disciplined or removed.Have … [Read more...]