At noon, we throw no shadows. At noon, we are what we are. Each one pinned to his or her own ground. Separate as hell. But look how we stretch over time. The sun lowers and we step away. What slender reaching figures we become, each turned into something new and mysterious and gracefully elongated. Continue reading “A Beautiful Crowd”
From down here they seem so far away–those two-hundred souls vacuum-sealed into an aluminum fuselage and shot across the sky. And maybe they are up there thinking the same about me and the few microscopic hikers whose bright shirts can be spotted on this tiny trail in the vast expanse of Arches National Park. Continue reading “So Far Away”
Photo: Obama supporters in Des Moines, Iowa, celebrate his win in November 2008. Do you remember the photos of people weeping with joy on the night Barack Obama was elected? Were you feeling it yourself—the almost-impossible-to-believe euphoria of a change that had seemed out of reach? The sense of a fairy tale come true? GravityContinue reading “STAND?”
The creation? Or the cash?As flood waters rise around their historic cathedral and beloved prairie restoration, so do the stakes of the parish’s choice. 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 gardenersContinue reading “Of Green Stuff Woven”
Climbing Lessons is an inter-linked collection of nonfiction stories about the unsung tenderness between fathers and sons. These playful, sometimes poignant tales span three generations, beginning in small-town Kansas with a kind but bumbling father who is a physician. His middle son, Tim, narrates as his accidentprone father shows the way. For instance, Tim describesContinue reading “Climbing Lessons – Synopsis”
Great news. Light Messages Publishing has just accepted my new collection of stories about the ever-changing and always-the-same bond between boys and dads. Titled Climbing Lessons
This summer President Obama did something no standing U.S. president has done before–he went to Ethiopia. There’s a reason for his decision.
As we watch refugees pouring out of Libya on illegal boats (sometimes thrown off in the Mediterranean) or see tourists bombed in a Tunisian museum or read about the supposed Egyptian reformer President Morsi being sentenced to 20 years in jail for torture of protesters
Ethiopia Reads, begun by award-winning children’s author Jane Kurtz, is building libraries in towns and villages all around Ethiopia.
In this remarkable video, you can get a quick feel for the unique jazz tradition in Ethiopia, which reached a peak in the early 1970’s just before the fall of Emperor Selassie.