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Father of the Groom (and Brides)

Father of the Groom (and Brides)

This is the year of weddings for our family. Nephew Tim and Amanda got it started May 20 in Boise followed by all four of ours, Joel & Laura, and Erin & Amy (forthcoming in September)…the ones who joined our clan by birth, the ones they choose to love and the...

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New Song: We Resist, We Build, We Rise

New Song: We Resist, We Build, We Rise

On April 29, with 200,000 others, I marched in the 2nd People’s Climate March in Washington DC to mark President Trump’s 100th day. It was something I couldn’t not do. We have a national environmental justice network emerging within the United Methodist denomination...

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Forever Home, Part 2: Pulling Nails

Forever Home, Part 2: Pulling Nails

I love this picture of Jessi and I holding the bags of nails we pulled from the boards of the house we deconstructed here. I always hated pulling nails. It was the bane of my young existence growing up on the farm. Our dad was the king of pullers, a hard enough act to...

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Forever House One

Forever House One

We lived 4 places during the construction of our Net Zero hacienda. To distinguish among them, Amy calls the new place our Forever House. Hmmm. Always makes me wonder: is it forever like this-is-the-last-place-we’ll-ever-live kind of forever? I suppose some would...

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Viva La Vulva

Viva La Vulva

Respect My Existence or Expect My Resistance Respeta Mi Existencia O Espera Resistencia **This post was originally written in the weeks after the Presidential Inauguration. It's a little late to press, but every bit as true and relevant today as it was when I wrote...

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Grizzly Bears, Epiphany, and Hope for the Future

Grizzly Bears, Epiphany, and Hope for the Future

Today is January 6, 2017, Epiphany on the Christian calendar. I hope you’re having one. In the ancient tale, Epiphany marks the arrival of three Wise Ones who follow the starlight, seeking a birthplace of hope in a really dark time. While the crazed King is out...

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Lift Us Up: Songs of Resistance & Hope

Lift Us Up: Songs of Resistance & Hope

This is Part 3 of my Trilogy of Hope +1 series. Read Part 1 and Part 2. In my world there is no hope if there is no song. Therefore, returning home from the cranberry bogs, I dug my 12-string from the closet, too long silent amid the rush of building a Net Zero life...

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A Trilogy of Hope +1: The Fact of Cranberries

A Trilogy of Hope +1: The Fact of Cranberries

This is Part 2 of a Trilogy +1. Click here to read Part 1. We had already planned to go to the cranberry bogs on the south Washington coast the day after the Election. We thought about staying in bed for the rest of the year. The fog that morning lay thick and heavy...

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A Vote for All the Children

A Vote for All the Children

We just received these photos from good friends in a former congregation. They just swapped their minivan for a Chevy Volt. Debbie looked at the pic and said, “This is soooooo cool! Those kids are going to grow up with a car they can plug into the wall.” These parents...

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