• 2018

    the way of holiness

    Phoebe Palmer – Letting go of the “great and undefinable exercise” and moving into the “Way of Holiness” – “…that entire devotion of heart and life to God should be the absorbing subject of the succeeding pilgrimage of life.” This concept – “being holy” – can seem daunting, or even viewed negatively. Typically, it would be understood as a standard, an ever-rising bar, or a way of asserting an impossible archetype – symbolizing an abstraction of personal “goodness” that one finds they are never able to attain. This is obviously discouraging at best, damaging at worst. Holiness is not an exercise in piety and dogma. I am discovering that the…

  • 2018

    On Arriving

    Moonrise, Cowlitz Park – oil on canvas – 30″ x 22″ – 2018 “If there remains any vestige of self that can be aware of itself as “having arrived” and having “attained possession”, then it can be sure of the return of the old dread, the old night, the old nothingness, until all self-sufficiency and self-complacency are destroyed.” Thomas Merton My whole life I’ve been on the lookout for the next thing. The next possibility. What is that “next thing”? A consolation? A piece of good news? A surprise outside of the “mundane” of everyday life? These are nice, but their satisfaction is fleeting. Worse for me, the desire for…

  • 2018

    Lets Begin

    (A slightly edited version of a Facebook post I wrote on Election Day 2018 -mw)   I can recall Election Day 2016. I was in the best mood. I remember believing Trump would be obliterated in the election, forced to crawl back under his slimy proverbial rock, and that the ridiculous circus phenomenon of our American political zeitgeist would be shoved back under the rock it crawled out from, and we could all just get back to normal life. What came next was a wave of surrealism – “this cannot be happening”. When Leonard Cohen passed away a couple of days later, I broke down, crying on my kitchen floor.…