From Bombs To Beauty

We built bombs there. Big ones. Torpedoes, actually. The Mark XIV big green was assembled there. At the end of WWI the US Naval Torpedo Factory on the waterfront in Arlington, Virginia was built and put into service. The idea was to prepare in case of future world conflicts. The powerful and terrifying weapons built […]

On A Scale of 1 to 10…

Picture a scene in a really bad B movie–the main character slowly wakes from a deep coma. Eyes open, thoughts forming, but unable to move. Trapped in the frightening fog between dead to the world or alive to the pain. That was me. I had just spent six hours under general anesthesia and was now […]

Ordinary Idols

Wait…what!? That was my reaction as I read the words. Once in a while Eugene Peterson paraphrases a line in the Bible and catches its meaning in a startling, even painful way. This was one of those times. In a culture that likes to think of itself as progressive and informed, the idea postulated in the […]


Trapped. Just the sound of the word sends a shiver up my spine. Something about being held in a situation from which you can’t find release generates short-term panic in the heart. Those who experience that reality have that stark panic stretch into chronic longing. Soul scars are the constant reminder of my years trapped in the […]

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