on flares of panic: a prayer

Now the angel of YHWH came and sat under the oak at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, as his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine press, to hide it (kds: and himself?) from the Midianites. … Then YHWH turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and […]

underemployed

I’ve been thinking about an exchange from back when A was in middle school. Walking in those halls, I bumped into someone I’d once worked near when I was the training department’s tame tech support. She had a child at that middle school as well, but was evidently there in her role as a performance […]

instrumentality

Because I enjoy self-improvement thingies — books, seminars, email-a-day oojers — I recently signed up for a “stop procrastinating!” course. (They’re all courses, just in different formats.) I’m promised 90 lessons scaled to 5 minutes of my time each day. They arrive as emails, sometimes with lovely printables attached, and so far they are delivering […]

total environment

Now that My Sweetie’s long-honed gifts as a project manager are no longer being slurped up in paid-work (Dear Reader: he retired!), he’s giving his attention to a set of projects we’ve long day-dreamed about — overhauling our kitchen and our master bath. And also to completing couple of extremely overdue basic aesthetic elements — […]

whose miracle?

Jesus said to Peter — “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” —Matthew 17:27 NIV . “[T]oo […]

wishing for mortar

So My Sweetie has retired from daily work-for-hire, and is now sifting through what — as far as I can tell — drifted up into the weekend-time for the past twenty-five-some, forty-some, years… deciding what he will tackle, and what he’ll tackle first, while he watches me. As I, too, shift gears. In August I […]

systems thinker

When I say I inadvertently think in systems, here’s one of the things I mean: Monday I went walking ‘round a crushed granite trail with a friend. It was raining. In the moment, that was fine, even amusing… It was only when I stepped up our sidewalk and heard, “grunch, grunch, grunch,” that my brain […]

petals

poetry agency-experiences (that is, teaching) connecting with God standing on (as?) a bridge between people and the divine academia: reading, writing, talking about reading & writing, writing some more… letting time flow as itself, not hurrying it (or grinding into stasis) listening well with people knowing across my four dimensions of knowing learning to hold […]

stack of books

“I know this is really weird, but when I was packing to come here I gathered up this huge stack of books…” First: no. This is not really weird, at least among this community of people. This is really common — or at least is one of the chief usual approaches. We are at Laity […]

most frivolous voice

[Warning: this is longer than many of my posts.] My world is now post-pandemic. Not post- in the sense of “pandemic all gone”; I suspect that’s Not A Thing for the next few years as we shuttle from steady loss of life in unvaccinated/less-vaccinated locations (like (sadly) the majority-world) to loss of life and risk-of-non-fatal […]