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 … [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 … [Read more...] about PEI & Nova Scotia, revisited
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 … [Read more...] about Newfoundland: Wind, Whales, Puffins, Gannets, Cod!
The Museum of the Bible opened in Washington, DC last November. The owner is Steve Green, who also owns Hobby Lobby. Green is a conservative Evangelical who is anti-gay and anti-choice. He appears to seek political influence and to court the press. Some of the recent press was negative because he … [Read more...] about The Museum of the Bible
Last weekend we took an overnight trip to Maryland's Eastern Shore to view the wintering waterfowl at Blackwater NWR and take in the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railway site. I'll admit that the "Eastern Shore" terminology confuses me. The region gets its name from the stretch of Maryland's … [Read more...] about “God Set the North Star in the Heavens”
My little church experienced two unexpected deaths in two weeks -- fatal heart attacks of otherwise healthy persons. During that same period, a good friend of mine was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died within a month. I did all the things a pastor does. I visited hospitals and put … [Read more...] about When Grief Sucks Us Dry
My husband I frequently drive between the midwest (our parents live in Michigan/Ohio) and the east coast (we live in Virginia). For years we've been promising ourselves we'd stop along the way in Shanksville, Pennsylvania at the Flight 93 Memorial. But by the time we get close we are invariably … [Read more...] about In Honor of 9/11: The Flight 93 Memorial
Today we celebrate the lives of two presidents -- which is your favorite? Like every American, I admire George Washington. During an election year, I often reflect on the reason we invest so many powers in the presidential office -- because of our exceptional first president. But I will admit … [Read more...] about The Lincoln Hutch, on this Presidents Day
Over the holiday weekend, my husband and I went on a road trip into the Shenandoah. We've explored Staunton before, so this time we headed a bit further south, to Lexington. Those thirty extra miles made a huge difference, dropping us from northern Virginia into southern Virginia. Or perhaps it was … [Read more...] about Preachers, Please State the Obvious
My footsteps echoed in the marble chamber so I lifted my heels to keep them from hitting the tile floor. In the transept, the "great choir" was singing Evensong. The unaccompanied voices drifted through the nave like wisps of pure music, beyond words. I was in the National Cathedral to attend an … [Read more...] about Benediction: Christian, Jew & Muslim