• Why don’t country people just get out?

    Why don’t country people just get out?

    It’s subtly phrased, but I’m hearing it more in recent days – Why don’t people who live in the country just get out of there?  Rural America has gotten a lot of attention in recent months in the wake of the unexpected presidential election results.  The problems of the heartlands — and particularly the white, […]

  • Unity not excepted – Week of Prayer for A Way Forward continues

    UNITY is a derivative of what we want. What we want is wholeness, health, salvation. What we want is to be able to unfold in your presence to let shadows fall out into light. What we want is to be seen and known. What we want is the source and end of our wanting. Then […]

  • For a Fire in Winter – Week of Prayer for A Way Forward Continues

    For a Fire in Winter – Week of Prayer for A Way Forward Continues

    Prayer for April 5  For a fire we would spark together but which only now flickers in our withered imaginations, For a blaze that warms and does not lay waste, For the hearth we would gather around and admire the way a fine light dances in each other’s eyes, For a way forward on a […]

  • We Dream a Frame — Prayers for A Way Forward Continue

    We dream a frame that can contain a picture that is us. Our self-constructed models are too dangerous, spindly, fragile. They break and injure when we try to force the glass. We’ve made them far too large. We need a frame the size of a child, a gift, a cherished one, which You alone can […]

  • Ghosts and Land – My interview with Alix Hawley continues – part 2 of 2

    In the first part of my interview with author Alix Hawley, we talked Daniel Boone, pop culture, and the challenges of writing your way into the mind of a legend.  In this post, my interview with the author of All True Not a Lie in It concludes… You handle the Shawnee culture with a great deal […]

  • For a Way Beyond Our Walls – Prayers for a Way Forward Continue

    For a Way Beyond Our Walls – Prayers for a Way Forward Continue

    The Virginia Conference leadership in the global prayer cycle for the United Methodist Church’s Commission on a Way Forward and for unity continues… Prayer for April 3 Conference Day of Prayer In a season of discernment, as your Church, in which we have met you, meets across divides, as a Commission confers on A Way […]

  • How to write with words you use all the dang time – a review of Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir

    “At the nadir of my confidence as a writer, I despaired of ever finishing Lit. I considered selling my apartment to give the advance money back. Then a Jesuit pal asked me, quite simply, What would you write if you weren’t afraid? I honestly didn’t know at first. But I knew finding the answer would […]

  • A Prayer for a Way Forward by Bishop Sharma Lewis

    A Prayer for a Way Forward by Bishop Sharma Lewis

    This week the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church will be taking the lead in a denomination-wide week of prayer for A Way Forward.  I’ll be sharing some of the conference prayer resources for the week, some of which came out of my Thousand Prayers for Unity Project.  As the commission helps us deal […]

  • Alex talks to Alix – an interview with author Alix Hawley – part 1 of 2

    Alix Hawley is the author of All True Not a Lie in It (recently reviewed here), a creative re-visiting of the pioneer and American cultural touchstone Daniel Boone.  Hawley teaches at Okanagan College in Kelowna, British Columbia and this debut novel has won her the Amazon.ca First Novel Award along with a lot of acclaim.  Always […]

  • You’ve Got the Wrong Enemies

    You’ve Got the Wrong Enemies

    One of the most distressing things about the Great Divide, as we’ve come to call the chasm separating us in so many arenas, is the way we seem compelled to create an enemy out of our opponents.  I know that I am getting sucked in to an argument with more heat than light when I […]

  • Re-wilding the Land – a Review of Alix Hawley’s All True Not a Lie in It

    Re-wilding the Land – a Review of Alix Hawley’s All True Not a Lie in It

      All True Not a Lie in It.  Ha!  Daniel Boone is one of the most picked-over commodities in pioneer pop culture, (though admittedly he hasn’t had a major spike in interest since Fess Parker’s TV Boone had ‘60s kids sporting coon-skin caps).  If there’s a truth left below the varnish of 250 years of […]

  • Going Underground on the Eastern Shore – the new Harriet Tubman park

    Going Underground on the Eastern Shore – the new Harriet Tubman park

    One of the dynamics that happens in marginalized places, (and I’ll count the Eastern Shore, where I live, as one of those), is that the people who live in them can internalize that marginalization and begin to believe that nothing significant ever happens there.  Or we latch on to narrow stereotypes of what the region […]