Nature allows us to be undisguised and naked, without judging us or demanding that we be something other than the vulnerable, frightened animals that we are.
Though most everything else from our youthful days has long since disappeared, one generous gift has filled our house with music since 1982.
Deer in the city are not so rare. Nor are coyotes, rabbits, squirrels, even the occasional fox. But wildness, even in its most positive romantic conceptions, usually ends up being about us.
Elvis has nothing on Abraham Lincoln. Although Elvis is profitable, Abraham Lincoln’s iconic stature more than a century and a half after his assassination far exceeds anything Elvis could hope for.
The Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope (MICAH) brings together a diverse and passionate crowd of citizens committed to tackling the city’s most pressing challenges.
A rose by any other name still means that April showers have yielded to May flowers. ♨
The turning of the calendar to a new year offers a moment to reassess priorities, both personal and professional, and to be more deliberate about intended aspirations for change.
The difference between pilgrims and tourists is a perennial question. The best answer I have found came from a conversation with Peter Brown.
A wish for the new year: may we always learn, grow, and share, with generosity and kindness for all. And with the resolve to accept the lessons that come our way, the new year will be worth celebrating. ♨
A few years ago I listened in on a conversation with poet, novelist, and essayist Wendell Berry, introduced that day as “without question the leading agrarian of our time.” He suggested a definition of this term agrarian as a “love for farming” that includes an inclination to put land first as our highest value. “Access to land,” Berry surmised, “provides…
Religion has been an implied value in America’s national park idea from the time of the earliest nineteenth-century parks to the present. But the religious element usually remains buried in visitors’ private aesthetic responses to park experiences and attractions. Rarely do specific theological views appear in the parks, even in unofficial activities or park uses. Certainly, the National Park Service…
There has been a persistent sense among many Americans that national parks are special places, even sacred. It was Horace Albright, the second Director of the National Park Service, who said in 1930 that “Only God can create a national park.” Such theologically tinged interpretations, of course, borrow on the leftover patriotism of nineteenth-century Manifest Destiny. This story of the…