Friday, February 22, 2008

Good Bye 3413!

Very little sleep this week! More stuff than I could ever imagine. 
Candle times, dreams, creations, meal times, birthday sleep overs, boy fights, reading stories, dinosaurs, Christmases, piano lessons, lots and lots of music, Nancy, Tanya, Smokey, Murphy, art, family gathering, and so much more. Thank you 3413 walls for lettings us be a home, a family, and forever shaped held and loved. 

Thursday, February 21, 2008


The last night in the house, camping on the floor, but sitting in the hot tub I got to watch the full eclipse of the moon.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Texas Pilot

Great time in Texas as Tom Schwolert and I tried out some new material. 
The rainbow afterwards seemed to signify hope. We will rewrite and do a second pilot in the Spring.

Sunday, February 03, 2008


Henry Nouwen’s words capture me. “Silence is the home of the word.” (The Way of the Heart -p.48) He speaks of living in a society that surrounds us with a constant collage of words. Since Nouwen wrote about billboards and radios, we have added the computer, cell phones, i-pods, email, text-messaging and and and and... ! Marketers of words compete for their words to be brighter, louder, more impacting, to be seen more often, to be more shocking, dynamic, and to be every where. Watch the advertisers of the Super Bowl this afternoon. Modern living now means living in a constant flow of words.

Just listen for the silence! Silence is no longer to be heard. If there is a place for silence, someone is inventing new ways to fill it with their own words. Ask people to be silent. We don’t know what to do with it. It makes us nervous, even mad that someone should suggest there be silence.

Words alone may not be such an evil, but Nouwen points out that too many of them cheapens their use. We say, “They are just words.” Words loose their impact. Religion has become mostly about words. Religion is about telling, teaching, persuading and preaching. So many religious words in books, on TV, radio, in pop Christian music, sermons, magazines, and maybe too many, maybe so many that most everyone says, “They are just words.” No one really listens. No one really hears.

I am one of them. Confession time. I make my living off of religious words, training, speaking, writing, and I sell my words. I do believe in my words, and believe that my words are good words, but recognize that the impact of my words are often just more words. Faith may be less about saying words, and more about listening. Listening to each others hearts, listening in silence, listening in ways that words stop monkeying and mucking up our brains. 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” –John 1:1 Out of silence words are born. Out of silence the world was born. Out of silence, away from all other words we born again and again in new ways of knowing the Word.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

New Home Needed!

Nancy and Tanya
(Remember the Skater cat fights)
These girls are looking for a new home!
Well loved, and looking for another loving home!

New home found. Florence and John, (she wears cat earrings) a retired couple who are spoiling the sisters royally.