You can sometimes feel the most alone when you are in a crowd. In the waning days of summer, in mid September, I walked through a street festival in Chicago. It was warm and humid still. Winter seemed impossibly far away. And everyone was more concerned about the band on the stage, the arts and crafts being sold by vendors, and navigating around baby strollers and dogs … Continue reading Solitude
Christmas somehow makes more sense in Vienna. That’s the conclusion I reached in a visit this winter, when I happened upon Vienna’s “Christkindlmarkt.” The outdoor market and festival is located in the city’s Rathausplatz, which is basically their city hall… never mind that it looks like a Gothic church or palace. Actually, do mind. The building is only 150 years old, designed in the Neo-Gothic style. But, it is a … Continue reading Christmas in Vienna
Originally posted on mom and dad move in:
Baby Walter — that’s what everyone called him since his dad was also named Walter and no one much liked the sound of “junior” — spent most of his single-digit years tethered to one heavy object or another. His older sister Tina was one of my closest friends. We grew up in the 1970s and 1980s at… Continue reading Is It Better to Be Tied to a Tree Than Squashed on the Freeway?
Originally posted on john pavlovitz:
Sometimes I wonder if I’ll have gay children. I’m not sure if other parents think about this, but I do; quite often. Maybe it’s because I have many gay people in my family and circle of friends. It’s in my genes and in my tribe. Maybe it’s because, as a pastor of students, I’ve seen and heard the horror stories of… Continue reading If I Have Gay Children: Four Promises From A Christian Pastor/Parent
Highland Park, whose busy Figueroa Blvd is pictured in the photo above, is an interesting relic of Los Angeles’ past. As with many similar neighborhoods in cities all around the country, it appears to be experiencing an urban Renaissance after decades of neglect and decay. It has a dignity to it, acquired through a century of existence and its once proud position as an important Western … Continue reading The beauty of hope
I am often amazed by how much dogs have to teach us about life. Long Beach is one of the few places in Southern California that offers a leash-less dog beach. And the chocolate lab named Grace, who I met during a beach stroll, convinced me that us humans have been under-appreciating the bounties of the life to which we are so privileged. I was … Continue reading A dog named Grace