January 23

Healing comes, somehow, in the stitches* holding our lives together.

*Stitches = Practices, Rituals


Seven years have gone by since this commission for a dear friend and her sons. It saddened my heart to learn that AJ (second photo) and his dad witnessed the violence during the Waukesha Christmas Parade in November. Still holding that community in my heart…





[Written in 2019] … These are my notes for a talk that I’ll be giving tomorrow to a group of grad students from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. It’s hard to see that the words—‘some’ and ‘how’—are in the dark purple blobs that, to me, look like stitches.

A creative conversation requires inspired action.

“…have you ever noticed the huge leap the [Apostles’] creed makes between ‘born of the Virgin Mary’ and ‘suffered and Pontius Pilate’? A single comma connects the two statements, and falling into that yawning gap, as if it were a mere detail, is everything Jesus said and did between his birth and his death! … Does the gap in some way explain Christianity’s often dismal record of imitating Jesus’ life and teaching?” —Richard Rohr

Mind the gap, act, listen.

“With its emphasis on theory and theology, but no emphasis on praxis (i.e. practice), the creed set Christianity on a course we are still following today. … No ‘turn the other cheek’ Jesus, no hint of a simple Christ-like lifestyle is found here.” —Richard Rohr

Grateful for the stories that will be shared between these few notes. They make up the comma that is my life.


“Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.”
—an excerpt from David Wagoner’s poem, “Lost”


“The feather flew, not because of anything in itself, but because the air bore it along.” —Hildegard of Bingen

“Seven Years of Wonder” is a daily look back at my creative journaling posts since 2014. I began this journey on Feb. 11, 2021, and hope to continue through Feb. 10, 2022. What am I learning about my art and faith journey thus far? What has remained constant? Where have I been changed? How is this impacting present and future art-making?

A deep bow of gratitude to you for keeping me company on this journey.

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