Feeling Small in Sonoma
, December 6, 2017
Over Thanksgiving week, my husband and I spent some time in Sonoma County. I had been asked to preside at the wedding of a childhood acquaintance and it afforded us a lovely getaway, a return to California where we met and turned into adults, but to a part, we had not spent a lot of time in before. Many people have asked if we saw evidence of the wildfires.
Listening More Carefully
, November 2, 2016
When I was in graduate school, one of my organ professors was part of a panel of judges adjudicating an organ competition. One player after the next would perform the same repertoire. With but a few exceptions, I thought all of the players sounded alike. In my lesson the following week, I made this comment to my professor. He smiled and said, “Yes, it could all sound alike.”
What buildings can do
, February 12, 2014
My mother was an artist in watercolors and oils and growing up she instilled in me her sense of design and perspective. I was always drawing plans—whether it was for a building, church, school or a skyscraper—and in high school a teacher found me a part time job with an architect. When I was in divinity school, the whole university was open to me, and I occasionally took architecture classes. So to this day, I keep my eye on developments in that field.
Life in the Churchyard
, June 7, 2013
Next to the National Cathedral, I believe Christ Church Alexandria may be the most photographed church in the country. During tourist season, we can have as many as 2,000 people move in and out of the church in a week. As I come and go, there isn’t a time when I don’t see someone holding a camera in the direction of our sanctuary.
Take a Pause
, June 5, 2013
We’ve had a dog, Midnight, for nearly a year now. While I can’t say that I always enjoy taking her for a walk, lately it has been a delight. For me, these dog walks are a chance to just be and to pay attention. We walk the same path most of the time. I don’t listen to music and I try to not talk on the phone. Earlier this week I saw my first lightning bug (firefly) of the season – exclaiming “Oooh, a lightning bug!” out loud for no one except Midnight to hear. There are small moments of seeing God’s love and wonder in creation on those walks, as long as I remember to pause and be present where I am.
Reach for God
, May 29, 2013
In the last 30 years, neuroscience has contributed much to our understanding of human identity, passion, and aspiration. Brain scan studies are revealing some amazing things about how we think, what we cherish, and why we pursue a particular direction in life.