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Slaughter of the Innocents, 2018

    And are you still so certain, Mighty One, you upon whose sword so many have been slain, that this brown child, this terrified, abandoned one, torn from a mother’s arms and wailing at the half-built wall, is not … Continue reading

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The Mountains Are Always There

For the past three days, it’s been raining. A lot. Three inches, according to the gauge in the garden. The two mountains that flank our new home vanished in the mist. Last night the fog closed in, shrouding us in … Continue reading

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Easter: Reprise, 2018

  Eight years ago (Eight years? Can it be that long?) I wrote a poem about Resurrection. Pam and I hadn’t been together very long, and everything in life was fresh and new. The backstory goes like this:  One spring … Continue reading

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For Pam’s Birthday

In the midst of the chaos and darkness in the world, you are the light of this life of mine, my True North, my Guiding Star. Yours is the hand that leads me to adventure and beyond, yours the embrace … Continue reading

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Requiem for Christianity

Christianity is dead. One version of it, anyway. The nails are in the coffin. The box is being lowered into the ground. The funeral is under way. But the mourners—where are the mourners? Where are those who weep for this … Continue reading

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Why Words Matter, Part 1

    Words matter because, for better or worse, language is a mirror of the soul.     In Autumn of 1941, with the world at war, author Upton Sinclair wrote the following dedication to his novel, Dragon’s Teeth—a book … Continue reading

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On God, Morality, & Priority

I’ve waited a long time to write this post. I’ve waited through fires, floods, and earthquakes. I’ve waited through elections, inaugurations, and appointments. I’ve waited through white-hooded marches and murders and midnight tweets justifying all of the above. I can … Continue reading

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Villa of Dreams

On the Pacific Coast of Ecuador, just north of Mantañita and Olón, lies a little fishing village called La Entrada. In Spanish, “The Entrance.” An unlikely name for an unassuming Ecuadorian village. The entrance to what?  We found out last … Continue reading

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The End Is Where We Start From

In “Little Gidding” from The Four Quartets, T. S. Eliot writes: What we call the beginning is often the end And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.  Today marks the … Continue reading

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Gratitude in Action

This is Thanksgiving week. Our favorite holiday. On Thursday afternoon, my partner Pam and I will gather with friends who have become family for us–expats, Ecuadorians, people from all over the globe. We’ll share a meal, a bit of wine, … Continue reading

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