A Sense of Place

Mapping and Mindfulness

I did not know I had a passion for maps and map-making until 2007, when Ira Flatow interviewed Vincent Virga in celebration of the release of his book, Cartographia. Pre-2007, for me, maps served the useful function of getting me from one place to another. As I have always been directionally challenged, I did exhibit…

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Belonging

For years I served as a visiting pastor in a summer chapel on the south coast of Massachusetts. The houses along the beach were enormous, their inhabitants young and wealthy, second houses for most of them. Although I am not particularly proud of this story, I’ll tell it anyway. I was walking my dog along…

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Fracking Is No Solution

I don’t know if all of you who read these posts – particularly those from the western parts of the country – are familiar with what is known as Marcellus Shale, a geologic formation that covers territory from West Virginia through Pennsylvania and into New York State. The Marcellus Shale is very rich in underground…

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Deepening Ecology ~ the Acknowledging of Grief Part 2

It is difficult for me to write about the Council of All Beings for several reasons. One, I cannot remember or imagine this ritual without tears. I guess that’s a good thing, given that the intent is to step into the pain of earth’s destruction, to mourn, and to acknowledge accountability. Two, I am simply…

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Deepening Ecology ~ The Acknowledging of Grief

This is a hard blog for me to write, harder to post; it’s confessional in content, and I don’t yet have the experience of the healing and redemptive power that comes on the other side of a willingness to step into grief and mourning, into bereavement. So, this is all about blind trust. Some would…

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