The Want of Peace

All goes back to the earth, and so I do not desire pride of excess or power, but the contentments made by men who have had little: the fisherman’s silence receiving the river’s grace, the gardener’s musing on rows. I lack the peace of simple things. I am never wholly in place. I find no […]

a gift from a friend…

A little over a year ago, Seth scribbled some words to commemorate another year of my life (my birthday). A year later I am still working through the deep waters of those words. As the time of year came again, Seth slide an envelope across the table to me at lunch one day. In the […]


This will be my first time returning to Ethiopia since we came home with our youngest daughter almost 4 years ago. A lot has changed since that day. Our family.  My work.  The nonprofit organizations  I work with.  My friends.  My view of community.  My understanding of the story God is telling in this world. […]

“…awake in the collective”

This past February I celebrated my 40th year on this earth. On that occasion, my brother Seth (more of soul than of blood) gave me a gift in the form of these words.  They are words I return to often, but now seven month later I am just beginning to see that these are not […]