One of the blessings of being a writer is connecting with other creative persons exploring similar topics. An artist named Cheryl Prose makes #MeToo art pieces. One is based on my memoir. Hear from Cheryl — and see photos — at a blogpost here.
Eugene Peterson has gone to glory. He was an inspiration to me, like so many others. I loved his work on the Psalms of Ascent, “A Long Obedience.”
In 2010 I heard him speak at a Festival of Faith & Writing — he inspired me to continue the pursuit of both pastoral work and ministry as two tracks of the same vocation. It’s so challenging to do, yet he did it. So I tried also. Here’s a blogpost with a few quotes from that talk.
Years later, after I finished my memoir, I wrote to him that he inspired me, and sent him an advance copy of RUINED. I was thrilled beyond measure when he offered an endorsement, calling it a story of “lived theology.” He told me that he and his wife read my book aloud to each other, as was their common practice, and that Jan especially loved it. What an image that puts in my mind, and what a gift to me.
I am praying for Jan and all who will miss him. I’m glad Eugene didn’t linger too long in his final illness. His family said he was ready, saying aloud, “Let’s go.”
What a week this has been with Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony for the Kavanaugh hearings! The Christian Century asked me to write a blogpost for them, so I did. It’s available here: Racism, Sexual Predators, and My Experiences with Both.
To read Week One first, start here.
Day Eight — Lion’s Den Hike, Fogo Island Inn, local music
Hands down, this was the best breakfast of my life! Cod fillets we caught ourselves the night before, fried in butter in our little Air Bnb cottage. On the side was watermelon — we’d had a big old melon rolling around in the back seat of our rental car ever since our first grocery shopping trip in St. John a week ago.
Then we went for a hike. Lion’s Den was a loop trail of 5.5 km, most of it along the north coast of the island. The views were so stunning that we took our time.
Along the way we hiked past the remains of several communities — the largest of which was Lion’s Den. [Read more…] about Newfoundland — Gros Morne, Tablelands, Lanse Aux Meadows, Whales!
Our recent trip to Newfoundland reminded me of our 2010 trip to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, which I remember fondly.
I had blogged that trip quite thoroughly, so I went through those posts and cleaned them up — software updates over the years had added stray characters. Now the posts are readable again.
If you’re curious about PEI and Nova Scotia, begin here!