shhh...the world's a gritty place 0

Embrace the Sand

Note: With spring break looming and multiple children playing (and adults watching/helping) in the zen garden in my office, I was reminded of my tumultuous relationship with my inner critic (Little Richard, but not...

Stories Making Meaning Back In The Day 0

The Art of Storytelling

A slightly different version of this article article originally appeared at The Good Men Project, (here)[http://goodmenproject.com/families/aklap92033/]. I’m reposting it today as a reminder to myself. Sometimes, I get lazy as a parent and a...

A pic from a trip on the way home. 0

Ash Wednesday and Going Home

Note: I wrote this last year after a trip home. Since then, I’ve moved to a new home in a new state. I think, more than ever, that it was good for me to...

Whoa... 2

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Lenten Journey

Note: A slightly different version of this post appeared on my old blog and at the Religious Herald during last year’s Lenten season. As I was editing and compiling a Lenten devotional for use...

I like self-explanatory things. 0

Coffins – A Poem About Community

I had a wonderful opportunity for a few years to come alongside some lovely gentlemen who were in the midst of a difficult and long rehabilitation program. When I was able to attend worship...

It all fits together! Crafty birds. 0

Birds and Automobiles: Everything Belongs

The frost is beginning to lift from an odd winter in the South. The birds are calling from the trees out back this morning to their neighbors across the creek. Nature creates a constant...

Some Collars - You Know, from Shirts 0

Collars – A Poem about Wholeness

As some of us head into weekends that are finally warm enough for time outside, I’m sharing a poem I wrote after a day of moving shrubberies (like a holy quest). We are so...

Does one of these need to go? 0

Cohesion: The Narrow Way

I ran across this sketch in an old journal from the past few years: I was trying to visualize the concept of the Jungian mask – the small, false self that some of us...