Marsha and I like to walk over to Grand Avenue Park in Everett after dinner to watch the sun set over the Olympic Mountains. The scene is so picturesque, so grand, so serene, so beautiful. I remember as a boy watching the sunset from Discovery Park and feeling the same serenity. I lived away from the Pacific Northwest for 37 years and hardly a day … Continue reading What’s So Special About Beauty?
Today I found a poem by Theodore Roethke sitting in my inbox. My good friend Neil Vance sent it without a message. It hardly needed one. The poem is entitled “Infirmity.” I read it and my soul was enlarged a thousand times. Theodore Roethke passed away in 1963. At the time he was living on Bainbridge Island near Seattle and teaching at the University of … Continue reading Infirmity
Destiny’s starting line can be hard to find; sometimes we need to borrow from someone else in our search. This is how I began to discover my own destiny. It was May of 1970 and Joe Thomas was visiting Seattle raising money for the work of the Ecumenical Institute. I’d spent the previous summer studying in Chicago at Institute and I offered to be his … Continue reading Discovering Your Destiny
Recently Marsha and I were out to dinner. We were seated next to a family of four, an attractive couple with two adolescent children. I paid them no mind until it dawned on me there was no sound, no chatter at all coming from their table. When I looked over they all were intently staring at their phones. Really intently! When we finished our meal … Continue reading Feeding the Family
I recently met a long-time buddy for a belated birthday chat. We go way back, to my drinking days, when the nights were long and the days were blurry. We both have been sober a good while, so we can now share a good laugh at the bad old days and just be thankful we made it through alive. As we were readying to leave, … Continue reading Learning to Listen