A Thin Place

Perhaps there never will be enough photographs of Iona Abbey! At one time Iona was the center of Europe in the sense that from this center Christianity was spread throughout Scotland and from there through the rest of the United Kingdom and beyond eastward into many parts of Europe. Certainly, when viewed on a map,Continue reading “A Thin Place”

“While the tennis ball went back and forth”

The middle of June through the early part of July for tennis fans means the clay courts of Stade Roland Garros in Paris and the grass courts of Wimbledon, London. These venues are home for two of the great Grand Slam tennis fixtures. As a child I so loved the two weeks of what seemedContinue reading ““While the tennis ball went back and forth””

What about now?

A few years ago I spent several hours at Stonehenge, England. Why had I taken so long to visit this spectacular World Heritage site? https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/To stand on this soil, to gaze and stare, to ponder the mystery and the majesty and to marvel at our distant ancestors. This was surely a moment of “going back”.Continue reading “What about now?”

Askernishing

Askernish is on the west coast of the island of South Uist, too small to be named on the map above. Yet here on the very western edge of Europe you will find the most unexpected and delightful golf course. https://www.askernishgolfclub.com/ The history of this course is another story! The former American poet laureate, BillyContinue reading “Askernishing”

Stubbornness of Gladness

For many of us it continues to be a hard year. COVID-19 has marked us, and some will carry open wounds, while others the sores will be forever internal. Add to this the ongoing struggle for justice, where every life matters, especially those lives which for too long have borne pain and insult from thoseContinue reading “Stubbornness of Gladness”

God’s breath across the land!

The photos above stir a response not only in our gut, but also in our soul! From the constant need to be charging our phones and laptops to powering our homes and hospitals, we become aware of our over dependence on finite resources. From those early days of coal and hydroelectric power stations we haveContinue reading “God’s breath across the land!”

The Center is not the middle!

Here is everywhere It doesn’t look right! What’s wrong? The world looks different when we view it from a different center. It takes our eye and our brain just a moment to interpret what we are seeing. It’s not how we see the world in our mind’s eye. However, being a little off-balance might restoreContinue reading “The Center is not the middle!”