Artifice

4 years ago with 7 comments
The…paradox of building organic community is that ‘organic’ doesn’t happen spontaneously. Organic farming takes years of intentional soil preparation, careful observation of nutrient levels, and patiently disciplined nurture of each particular field. That’s from The Intentional Christian Community Handbook (which I am reading because of reasons), but it applies ...

Stalactites

5 years ago with 11 comments
Dear Readers, I’m just writing to say hi. I hope you’re well. Sorry it’s been a while. I don’t have any grand themes to expound upon, so maybe writing this post like a letter makes the most sense. I just got back from an extended weekend trip with my Kung Fu school, who I keep referring to as my “Kung Fu family”, because that is how I keep feeling about ...

Matilda Syndrome

6 years ago with 33 comments
When I was younger I used to write poetry, and some of it was pretty good. It was just like they tell you about: a thought or mood or phrase would suddenly erupt at the center of me, and there was nothing to be done but to sit down and work it out until it turned into a few stanzas at least. Things were different then. I was lonelier, for one, and had more time to myself, to sit around and be ...

St. Elsewhere

8 years ago with 12 comments
When I lived in DC I met a man from Colombia, a numerary in Opus Dei. He was just passing through, which seemed to be what he did in most places. He said he loved the single life, because he could be like Gandalf — at home everywhere and nowhere, always on some mysterious mission, led only by the spirit. I thought of him last night, when I got too idle and stayed up too late, and as a ...