I am very allergic to poison ivy. All it takes is a little brush and days later I am scratching itchy blisters on my hand wondering where I even encountered the plant. One time in my teen years I chased a baseball into a big patch of it without realizing, and ended up with such […]

If you have ever entered this sanctuary through the doors right behind me, perhaps you have looked left just before passing through. If so, you will have seen a beautiful metal sculpture of the phoenix. Have you seen it? I love it because it says three things about who we are. First of all, it […]

“The beauty and mystery of this world only emerges,” says writer Orham Pamuk , “through affection, attention, interest and compassion … open your eyes wide and actually see this world by attending to its colors, details, and irony.” And then poet Mary Oliver: she says, Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell […]

I saw a bumper sticker once that said, “when you throw something away, where is away?” I’m not an expert in plastic disposal, but I spend 40 (plus) hours a week fighting energy choices that similarly assume we can take something from the earth, process it in an incredibly damaging way, use it up, and […]

PART 1 Mark Gorkin, the “Stress Doc,” offers us a poetic anthem to burnout and beyond: For the phoenix to rise from the ashes One must know the pain To transform the fire to burning desire. Each of the services that makes up the BURNOUT worship series is about knowing a certain kind of pain […]