Category Archives: Arts

Sawdust and Soul

Over the past fifteen years I have carried on a lively conversation about woodworking with my good friend John de Gruchy—he in South Africa’s Western Cape, I in the mountains of western North Carolina. On our many trips back and … Continue reading

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Faith and Poetry

Poetry arises where language meets mystery. With that beginning, my poet-friend Michael Beadle and I presented two evenings at our Methodist church on “Faith and Poetry.” In doing so, we were swimming in a rising river of interest in this … Continue reading

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Precious Cargo: Creation Flower

When Sylvia and I were planning our recent visit to South Africa, a garden committee at nearby Lake Junaluska Retreat and Conference Center asked if we might select, purchase, and arrange for shipping of a stone sculpture suitable for their … Continue reading

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Quill Pens and Steam Engines

Before I tell you more about my quest for the forgotten grandfather in my life, we have two places to visit. The first takes us back to the era of parchment, the quill, and the book. The other takes us … Continue reading

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