Salmon chowder recipes bring back memories of Alaska, as I try to come up with a ‘healthy eating plan’

Phyllis's Cafe & Salmon Bake, Anchorage (photo Grace Anderson Minube.co.uk). It may lack the spiritual depth of the quest for the historical Jesus, but here's an interim report on my quest for a recipe for Alaska-style salmon chowder that's easy on the lactose and won't send my cholesterol count skyrocketing. It follows up on a … Continue reading Salmon chowder recipes bring back memories of Alaska, as I try to come up with a ‘healthy eating plan’

Lenten reflection in today’s email from America magazine on prayer, music and lived experience

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhGYD1svTM4 In my inbox this morning ... America Media, which publishes America magazine and maintains an online presence, has been sending out Lenten meditations this month. So today we got a "Reflection for the Thursday of the Third Week of Lent" by assistant editor Molly Cahill, who acknowledges: "I am pretty good at thinking and talking … Continue reading Lenten reflection in today’s email from America magazine on prayer, music and lived experience

I sing of Oley, glad and big: A eulogy to a beloved cat in a time of loss and grief

Olaf (Oley) Da Vinci, ca. 2006-March 13, 2022 Dogs [and cats] come into our lives to teach us about love. They depart to teach us about loss. A new dog [or cat] never replaces an old dog [or cat], it merely expands the heart [...] Erica Jong, viral email, quoted on Doobert.com animal rescue website. … Continue reading I sing of Oley, glad and big: A eulogy to a beloved cat in a time of loss and grief

For the futures file? Another look at ‘Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden’ in light of new circumstances

d r a f t In memoriam, Oley the Cat, ca. 2006-March 13, 2022. LTK Seems like the tectonic plates are shifting again, in my life and in the world at large ... In ways that may give a new context for my study of the church-planting stage of Swedish-American immigration and the foundation of … Continue reading For the futures file? Another look at ‘Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden’ in light of new circumstances

Spiritual direction, March 2022

d r a f t Editor’s (admin’s) note: Lightly edited copy of email I wrote in advance of this month’s appointment with my spiritual director, giving her a heads-up on what I’d been journaling on since our last meeting and, more to the point, helping me focus over time by archiving the emails with my journals … Continue reading Spiritual direction, March 2022

Links to a copy of my James Agee article and his Time magazine cover story on the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

d r a f t Editor's (admin's) note: Miscellaneous notes and quotes for possible later use, on the staff writer for Time magazine who did the cover story in August 1945 on the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the end of World War II and a prescient take on what the new "atomic age" would … Continue reading Links to a copy of my James Agee article and his Time magazine cover story on the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

‘Just a little talk with Jesus’: Getting up to speed on a Jesuit prayer exercise — with an assist from the Oak Ridge Boys

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH9ta2CaWaM Live performance by Oak Ridge Boys, Gaither Studios, Alexandria, Ind., 2021 Welp, I guess I talked myself into a new assignment ... trying a brand-new Jesuit prayer exercise (new for me at least, as a mainline Protestant who never had much use for organized religion until fairly recently). It's called an Ignatian "Colloquy." It … Continue reading ‘Just a little talk with Jesus’: Getting up to speed on a Jesuit prayer exercise — with an assist from the Oak Ridge Boys

How a Zoom class on the 2nd (or 3rd) commandment, Luther’s catechism and a Latin pun suggest a God I can pray to

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WppMKwpXsQs Trailer for the Rev. Adam Hamilton's curriculum, "Words of Life" The last couple of weeks, I've been doing something I never thought I would ever do -- I'm teaching a Sunday school class. In more exact terms, Debi and I are co-facilitating an adult faith formation class on the 10 Commandments over Zoom. It's … Continue reading How a Zoom class on the 2nd (or 3rd) commandment, Luther’s catechism and a Latin pun suggest a God I can pray to

Spiritual journal for January, and hopes for spiritual direction in 2022

Editor's (admin's) note: When I was taking spiritual direction before, I emailed my director ahead of our monthly sessions … summing up what I’d been journaling about since our last meeting and, more to the point, focusing on themes I’d been working on and, more to the point, new directions that might (or might not) … Continue reading Spiritual journal for January, and hopes for spiritual direction in 2022

Our Christmas letter, 2021

Copied from Debi's blog Seriously Seeking Answers (while you're there, take a look around -- she explores "religion, personal choices and the meaning of life with fellow travelers," interspersed with recipes, nature photography around Springfield and cat pictures). Picture at the top of the post shows our sunroom decked out for the season with a … Continue reading Our Christmas letter, 2021