Don’t Forget What You’re Doing…

Sometimes, we forget. We wake in the morning and hope to find our way to the desk.  We hope to hear from the manuscript in front of us that we are welcome, that our company is longed for, that the stroke of our hands will be healing and full of discovery.  But maybe the sleep …

How Art Serves

Yesterday, I asked about the service art provides, wondering how to articulate it so that it was somewhat analogous to the practicality of giving drink and food and shelter. My own reflection begins, as always, with another question.  What sustains human life?  If I mean physical life only, then the answer is food and water, …

What is the Service Art Provides?

In what sense is art-making service? If you give a person a drink of water, when they ingest it, there are immediate, real-world results.  If you offer a hungry person bread, when they eat it, their bodies replenish and become better able to negotiate their day's tasks and responsibilities.  If you offer a coat to …

Counting on the Sublime

The word "sublime" came across the Facebook news feed this morning.   I fell in love with "the sublime" in an old treatise, either 1st or 3rd century CE, attributed to a Greek tradition calls Longinus.  On the Sublime lifted me into the ether of literary contemplation back in graduate school, and I've been on the …

A Reputation for a “Yes Face”

This was a question we asked at church on Sunday.  It's a different way to phrase the old question of legacy: what do you want to be remembered for?  What heritage do you want to leave your kids?  After all is said and done, what will your legacy be? One man had a fascinating answer …

Community Service

Ann McMurray dumping weeds, working hard. I spent the morning working at Kellogg Middle School in Shoreline. Mostly weeding, shoveling bark, talking theology with new and old friends, and shooting some photography of the event as we went. I was a little surprised by how fun it was to simply be out in the rain …