Why Art?

| January 25, 2016

Lately I’ve been doing a whole lot more visual creating than writing. You can tell by the conspicuous lack of posts on Carmel Sundae. But for me, painting and art journaling and book binding have become almost a means of contemplative meditation, and one question keeps coming forward to me: why this obsession with art? […]

Five Things about Manna

| August 3, 2015

Some personal reflections about Manna and yesterday’s readings… 1. Manna is about trust. God keeps laying out the manna in my life, too. And I keep wanting to collect it up and save it till it rots, because stupid me, I keep forgetting to trust. What is it that is so hard-headed that I still […]

Learning to Art

| July 19, 2015

So in all this time that I’ve neglected you, you might wonder where I’ve been. Aside from being pretty busy with family, I’ve become consumed with a new passion. Art. More specifically, learning to art. You see, my daughter told me for years that anyone can learn art, and for years I didn’t believe her. […]

Runaways and Prodigals

| June 30, 2015

I think we’ve all run away from something or someone at some point in our lives. Running away sometimes looks like a big, scary, life changing thing like a kid running away from home, or a spouse getting divorced. Sometimes, though, it’s less visible to the outside world. Maybe it’s a worshiper who stops going […]

Thoughts about prayer

| December 1, 2014

I was thinking today about worry, and all the things I worry about… and there were a lot. I’m a certified worrier. But then I think about all the things I’ve worried about that haven’t come to pass; and I realize that I don’t even remember what most of them were. Maybe they weren’t as […]

God of the Universe

| October 9, 2014

I read this post today about the size of “space” and I really think it’s worth sharing. Go ahead, click on it and go read it. I’ll wait. There. Aren’t you glad you took the time? Here’s the thing: there may be many perspectives on the size of the earth, relative to the rest of space; […]

May the still, small voice of the Lord be with you.

| October 29, 2013

And he said, “Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was […]


| June 7, 2013

Peace. What peace? Peace be with you. Easier said than done. I can’t seem to make peace happen. Peace is my gift to you. I have no peace! I have no quiet! I have no rest! And trouble keeps coming. One handful of peace and quiet is better than two handfuls of hard work and […]

Jesus is not my homeboy.

| February 18, 2013

Jesus is not my homeboy. He is my Lord, my Master, and my King. He is my example and my better. He is my Bread of Life. Jesus is not my buddy. He is my constant companion, My shepherd, my guide. He is my strength, My rock, My refuge. He is my beloved, and He […]