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!
Fittingly enough, I met Barbara Melosh at a writing week hosted by Collegeville Institute (MN) back in 2012. She joined a writing group that I had begun in 2006, and made the commitment to drive all the way from Wilmington, DE to northern VA to attend every other week. I mention that because I run into so many people who think it’s possible to write books in a casual way. In my experience that’s just not true. People who write books have prioritized that activity, and have said No to many other things in order to say Yes to the book.
I’m so glad Barbara said Yes to this book! It’s a memoir of her first year in ordained ministry, which she came to after a long career as a professor of American Studies. As a second career, she served a Lutheran church in a struggling blue-collar neighborhood in Baltimore. Barbara brings so many lenses to her experience — reluctant believer, academic, energetic newbie pastor, deeply observant contemplative — that she holds up a prism for the rest of us. She was determined to turn the church around, but it was something else that turned around. [Read more…] about A Memoir for Anyone Who Has Loved and/or Left a Church
What have you done to restore your soul this summer? I hope you’ve carved out a bit of down-time. I was so fortunate to take a 2-week trip to Newfoundland with my husband, Doug. Here are some highlights and photos from the first week.
Day One — St. Johns — “Newfoundland Time”
When we flew from Washington, DC to St. John’s, Newfoundland we left behind a hot, humid day and emerged into a cool, drizzly evening. That wasn’t a surprise. What was a surprise was the time change — 1.5 hours. One point five. Apparently Newfoundland is the only place in the world that splits the time zone in half. Perhaps that says something about the independent spirit of the island.
Day Two — Bay Bulls & Witless Bay — Whales & Puffins
We woke to a sunny day and made last-minute reservations to go whale watching and puffin viewing. A 2-hour tour left Bay Bulls at 11:30. The large double-decker boat heads into Witless Bay, to an island that’s an ecological preserve for seabirds.
In the mouth of the harbor we saw a pod of three humpback whales. From the top deck, you could see their long white fins, which look like aqua patches in the water. Their dorsal fins and blows were clearly visible. [Read more…] about Newfoundland: Wind, Whales, Puffins, Gannets, Cod!