Picking Back Up (where I left off)

My three part postings on an Alternative Narrative didn’t attract much attention. And yet, most of us, if we are honest with ourselves, must admit that our lives are complex, rarely all bad or all good. Yeah, I’m a highly educated churchman with specializations in crisis counseling and conflict management. These two specializations indicate what …

Alternative Narrative, Part 3

“After seminary I had some time to begin to work through some of the long bibliography I had gathered together. On that bibliography were monastics like Thomas Merton and Saint John of the Cross. The works of John of the Cross captured me. Some of the language was arcane. I remember going to my friend …

Alternative Narrative, Part 2

“After graduation from college I was hired/called to be the Minister of Christian Education at a church in Burien/Seattle. I found the senior minister to be crude and boarish. Simultaneously, I was discovering how very introverted I am and, although I did not know it at the time, how deeply wounded I was by my …

Alternative Narrative, Part 1

My friend, Roger, and I have irregular email conversations. Roger is a Systematic Theologian. I, as some of you know, am a Theological Librarian. Interestingly enough, most of our conversations are political in nature. We are both politically liberal. For some reason our last conversation triggered me to write a bit about my background that …

It All Comes Down To….

This. “Runners to your marks.” I spent the whole day being anxious about the track meet that was to begin in the afternoon. I couldn’t think of anything else. I was to run the high hurdles and compete in the long jump. I was OK at the hurdles but I was really good, if I …

Leaving Home

My father remarried. I was his best man. I actually made a story in the morning paper. Being barely able to grow a beard, I was nevertheless keen to do so. It was a scraggly thing that my father was hoping I would get rid of before the wedding day. My hair was a bit …

“You Git The Easy Part”

Colville, WA, is 72 miles north of Spokane, WA. From Colville, I would drive an indeterminate number of miles up the Aladdin Star Route to the cutoff for Deep Lake in Stevens County. My cabin was 3 or 4 miles down that cutoff. Someone told me that Deep Lake is now a place to be. …

Giddyup! Ride ‘Em Cowboy!

I spent the last part of my 18th year and the first part of my 19th in the Pacific Northwest, a tiny town named Colville and a cabin north of Colville in the woods where there was no TV, radio, telephone, newspapers or mail service. I was cut-off from the outside world in the cabin. …

Dear Debbie,

I realized within the past couple of days that we do not need to be Facebook friends in order for me to say, “Thank you.” In fact, what I am about to thank you for took place 53 years ago. In the grand scheme of things, I suspect you don’t even remember me. We met …

Can You Believe What You Have Not Seen? — Part 2

I told, in a previous post, how I believed I saw a Sasquatch/Bigfoot one snowy night on a hill outside a small ghost town in northern Washington. This is a followup to that story. We were getting a lot of snow during those nights and days. When it was all said and done we were …