Hope for my hometown

A song for my city. The aching hearts. The pain, the fear, at a little school 3 minutes from my home. Kendrick Castillo, you were taken too soon. This is not fair. You should have graduated high school by now. Beautiful boy. The most beautiful boy. Brown eyes of promise. Jesus, please heal and save. … More Hope for my hometown

The rocks cry out

Hallelujah nevertheless, was the song the pain couldn’t destroy Hallelujah nevertheless, you’re my joy invincible joy  —Switchfoot Spring break road trip 2019!! A car full of best friends. Cheap motels in small towns, friendly strangers, spontaneous pull-the-car-over explorations, early morning too-much-creamer coffee, four-day-old sweatpants, crazy lightning rainstorms, Polaroid pictures, roadside diners, tears-streaming-down-cheeks laughter. Driving through the … More The rocks cry out

In Sorrow and In Joy

I am glad daylong for the gift of song,     For time and change and sorrow; For the sunset wings and the world-end things     Which hang on the edge of to-morrow. I am glad for my heart whose gates apart     Are the entrance-place of wonders, Where dreams come in from the rush and din     Like sheep … More In Sorrow and In Joy

Desert Mountain Days

The sense of deep time brings a deep peace with it, a detachment from the timescale, the urgencies of daily life… a profound sense of being at home, a sort of companionship with the earth. —Oliver Sacks I spent my summer working at Whispering Winds Catholic Camp in the desert mountains of Julian, California. Most … More Desert Mountain Days

Adieu, 2017

For all the air that’s in your lungs For all the joy that is to come For all the things that you’re alive to feel Just let the pain remind you hearts can heal —Paramore Adieu, 2017. And by 2017, I mean the overall suffering endured by so many this year in every community. We’ve … More Adieu, 2017