I used to enjoy sitting at our table, watching you eat, watching you enjoy your food, every bite you took. You didn't know but I watched as we talked. Sweet potatoes, salads, stir-fry, spiced by ear, your tiny hands, nourishing yourself with food I prepared, bought with the fruits of my labor. I watched you enjoy every bite, each an infusion, my love for you diffusing into you, spoons full of love. A portion of my vow, what spring does with the cherry trees, but more, It was one way that I just knew.
Let us forget with generosity, those who cannot love us. – Pablo Neruda
In which I am alleged to have pissed all over someone’s life-sustaining memories. Continue reading
A few weeks ago I had an interesting conversation with Steve Hackman for his podcast series, Beyond the Pale. Steve identifies as a Christian, although certainly not your garden variety Evangelical, with open, inclusive, thoughtful questions. Continue reading
I love the YMCA. I love supporting them and their commitments to fitness, healthy living and social responsibility.They do great work. I used to enroll my kids in many of their programs. It is a Christian organization and yet it is inclusive with regard to sexual orientation and also actively cultivates diversity. I travel often and I almost always grab a temporary membership wherever I go so I don’t have to interrupt my workout routine. I am working out at the Y just outside of Portland, Oregon this week and they have little posters all around the place that put forth their vision and mission statements. Continue reading
Last month the Freedom From Religion Foundation put a printed edition of my presentation at their annual convention in Hartford, CT in their newsletter. For those who are not members and who do not have access to the newsletter (which alone is worth the price of membership in the organization) the printed transcription is now available on their website here. Continue reading