Not so lone wolves – a poem

 14 brave souls gather to grieve a band of brothers daring to admit and touch the essential pain we each carry wounded warriors coming to council to lick our wounds in the private lair of menwe smudge each other with sage to purify and set our resolve followed by a whiffing of sweet grass to invite in some softness - the gentleness neededwe may be destroyed but we don't have to destroy.our stories shared, we hold space and gaze with kind eyes the burnt plant smell … [Read more...]

The Eyes Persist – a spoken word poetry sermon.

Tidal tsunami of torrid twitted tirades Blitzkrieg of belligerent bombastic blow-harded baffooneryPutrid plethora of pompous political pronouncements and pathetic public policy puke!Like a river of wasps my eyes sting when I see hundreds of families being ripped apart by forced deportations My pupils fix when they witness the Apprentice president bullying sanctuary cities into getting with the “ICE” cold program My eyes dilate when they see funding to vital social programs held hos … [Read more...]

O We of Little Faith.

Christians in America are no longer people of faith, we're people of fear.Instead of truly putting our trust, faith, and reliance upon the Way, teachings, and example of Jesus, we put our actual faith in guns, our obscenely over-funded military, and in strong-man  & authoritarian leaders. ...You're saying, that doesn't apply to me! Okay, I'll switch pronouns... Not only are they not Christians, they aren't Americans. They wish we still lived under the rule of a sovereign king. They're … [Read more...]

Not Nero, not Caligula – Commodus.

Over the past few weeks several people have posited notions that the individual currently serving as President of the United States is similar to one of two ancient Roman emperors - Nero or Caligula. While there is some merit to these notions, I think there is a closer match who is far more compelling as being analogous - Emperor Commodus (ruled from 177-197 A.D.).**Be sure to click on the hyperlinks embedded in this piece to see correlations to current events.**Privileged Commodus grew … [Read more...]

Making Friends with Silence

Most of my attempts to connect and relate to God – involve silence.And most frequently, not much more than that.I sometimes wonder if there’s really much difference between seeking to connect to God – and not seeking to. Similar experience and results.That said, while similar, they’re not exactly the same. They're very close, almost too close. So close that atheists (and agnostics, and struggling believers like myself) don’t tend to see meaningful difference. But, at times, I do feel … [Read more...]

Grounded in Earth-Breath

While things political are currently out of whack and in a state of alarm and distressing tantrum, we live in a beautiful, beautiful world. I'm on a 4 1/2 hour drive and the rugged autumnal scenery is reminding me that the personal and social storms of our lives are transitory and so very fleeting. No matter what happens with our elections, no matter how things play out at work, no matter the state of our love lives, and regardless of all of our petty preferences and opinions - the … [Read more...]