WINTER Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel Carl McColman, Christian Mystics: 108 Seers, Saints, and Sages Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Way of Tenderness : Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender Lauren Groff, Florida Thomas Dubay, Authenticity: A Biblical Theology of Discernment Richard Rohr with Andreas Ebert, The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective Alan Jacobs, The Year of Our Lord 1943 : Christian … Continue reading What I Read in 2019
Last summer I had a fresh encounter with the bit of trauma I didn't know I'd buried from September 11, 2001. It was, in some way, courtesy of Father Mychal Judge, the beloved Franciscan friar and chaplain for the Fire Department of New York, who died at the World Trade Center on that day. Here's … Continue reading Father Mychal’s City of God
In November 2016, I experienced a profound call to return to Christianity, even to the style of Christianity I was born into. Since then that call has led in a specific direction – toward these folks: I’m grateful to have been accepted as a Postulant in the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans. Postulancy means a period … Continue reading What I Want to Be When I Grow Up
I'm honored to serve as managing editor and monthly(ish) contributor to The Resistance Prays progressive Christian newsletter. Sign up here to receive the daily devotional email - or find The Resistance Prays on Facebook or Twitter. My columns: They speak war, we speak peace - Congress' War Powers Resolution may be a gesture, but it's … Continue reading The Resistance Prays
I needed something to do while I boned up on some music, so I typed up all the books I read in 2018. In many ways a satisfying list - lots and lots about mysticism and what you might call spiritual life-hacking, plus a nice smattering of YA fantasy, mysteries, and general fiction (that last … Continue reading What I Read in 2018
On September 11, 2001, I was in Manhattan. Almost 3,000 people died there. I was moderately inconvenienced. And completely freaked out, but not in a way that mattered compared to the evacuees, the responders, the dead, the bereaved. It triggered some personal upheaval, but all of a philosophical nature. I was busy with work and … Continue reading A Visit with Father Mychal
Coming fall 2018 from Coral Press: my novel A Thousand Dances: A Novel of the British Blues Boom! Music, Mods, miniskirts, and mystery: Click here for more about the novel and its setting in the era when the Beatles hit the big time! Read the first chapter of A Thousand Dances! Sign up for email updates. Learn … Continue reading Coming Fall 2018: A THOUSAND DANCES!
An original story to Arthur Conan Doyle and E.W. Hornung, this form of flattery Click here for an e-reader friendly PDF. Watson It was the spring when all conversation turned to the cessation of hostilities for His Majesty’s forces in South Africa. All conversation, that is, except with my friend Sherlock Holmes, who had no … Continue reading His Friends and His Relations
Founding words of veganism in bite-sized chunks. I don't own these texts, nor am I stealing them. They're all available free to the public. (Plus a bit from here and here.) Thanks to today's Vegan Society for sharing this valuable resource with the world. Click on any square to get started.
The Anya Hindmarch store on Madison Avenue currently displays a Wombwell Menagerie cage, and I wonder if they know the history. Founded in 1807 England by George Wombwell, the traveling menagerie was perhaps the most successful enterprise of its kind outside the U.S., appearing three times before Queen Victoria. No surprise that Wombwell’s foundation was … Continue reading History on Mad: Wombwell’s Menagerie