Review: The Disfiguration of Nature: Why Caring for the Environment is Inherently Conservative

Krueger’s book is a thin volume but very densely and academically written. It is not for the faint of heart if you fear being challenged, inspired, and even angered all in the same chapter. I do not agree with all of what he has written, yet I still want to shout the underlying message from the rooftops: Conservation is not an inherently liberal issue! Conservatives need to take up the issue of conservation! We have no time (or land, or water, or air) to waste!

A relational and reflective new year resolution

What's coming alive to you? What is life-giving to you right now? What is challenging you, draining you or taking your life away? How is your purpose for the common good showing up? (What am I here for, what is my vocation, what gift do I have and how can I use it to help heal the community? Your gift is often where your wound was. How am I leaning into this and how am I running away from it?) Having heard what we've heard, how can we help each other? (whether practical or existential; economical or spiritual)

love letters from fall

I have a collection of prose / poetry that I call "Love Letters to Somebody" (to help explain the post's title today). These are a couple of pieces inspired by our recent, magnificent change of seasons. The pictures for the first two poems aren't the trees of inspiration, but just imagine the brightest yellow tree … Continue reading love letters from fall

simplicity and farmer’s markets

(from Tuesday, 2-9-16) The canal path is white today and the bare tree branches dusted with snow; the flakes come down and greet my eyeballs with a handshake. The simplicity and the beauty of the snow make me think: what do I really want from life? Where will I find my joy? Because I recognize … Continue reading simplicity and farmer’s markets

12-25-15, Gethsemani

There are no words... I just turned around, and there it was. Hullo, moon.  ***** Now for the things that strain towards words... 12-25-15 ~ Merry Christmas Today is a good day for hiking. But a year and half ago I hiked this same trail and fled down this hill in tears and terror when the … Continue reading 12-25-15, Gethsemani

Gethsemani, 12-24-15

Brother Tree died last night. I am the first to find him on Christmas Eve morning, 4 a.m., his body massive and smelling like Christmas tree, strewn across the path. In the darkness he is even more imposing and lifelike, even unto death. The smell screams life, even though his scent is only released because he … Continue reading Gethsemani, 12-24-15