Other Interests

My wife, Cathleen, is the first woman bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, and she is an author as well, with a debut novel, Of Green Stuff Woven (Light Messages, 2020).  The two of us enjoy doing public readings together.  We also enjoy traveling internationally, and we enjoy spending time with our two grown sons: Luke and Conrad.  I play basketball and soccer still, although my knees and ankles are cooperating less.  I like to get out in nature when I can, to hike or canoe.  I am always looking for another good ethnic restaurant, especially Ethiopian or Indian.  And finally, I love viewing art & writing about it. 

Of Green Stuff Woven

By Cathleen Bascom

Around the globe, small bands of eco-activists are working to save one reef, one rain forest, one river at a time. Of Green Stuff Woven depicts a group of native gardeners who are restoring tall grass prairie on land connected to their historic Episcopal cathedral in the middle of the financial district in Des Moines, Iowa. They are approached by hotel developers and are caught between their passion for the prairie and their need for money to repair their crumbling cathedral. Of course, the parish’s largest donor stands to profit from the deal! The creation? Or the cash?