A few weeks before Christmas, I took a walk along West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. At several points, I stopped to marvel at the surfers atop humongous waves, the seabirds perched on the cliffs, and the incredible bounty of natural beauty. It's devastating to see the destruction now happening there … [Read more...] about Rainy Days in Los Angeles
It's been quiet around here for the past month. When I logged in today to try to break my silence with just a bit of blogging, tears splashed across my keyboard and I had to again step away for a while. Those of you who journey with me on social media will understand that the death of Daddy, on … [Read more...] about Daddy’s Girl
I'm at my desk this week. Being "home" is the best feeling in the world these days. So much of life feels ungrounded and unstable. I can't really point to the reasons for those feelings effectively. But my hunch is that they surround me because one of my life's greatest stabilizing forces, my … [Read more...] about Walking… or Wandering?
On my personal bucket list is to take a pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago. So it's perhaps not surprising that I jump at any opportunity to screen a film which will carry me--even if only virtually--along the ancient Way of St. James. My favorite takes on this spiritual journey have included … [Read more...] about I’ll Push You
As I've been sharing, one profound component of my recent pilgrimage was the physical journey. In truth, with my training beginning months in advance of my actual trip along The Notre Dame Trail, the spiritual gifts came early too. Walking and cycling so many miles to "get ready", actually became a … [Read more...] about Healing through Hiking
I am still unpacking--literally and figuratively--from my recent pilgrimage along The Notre Dame Trail. In preparing to share the experience tomorrow morning for my monthly appearance on Relevant Radio's Morning Air program, I was praying yesterday before Mass about the difference between travel and … [Read more...] about Encountering God along the Pilgrim’s Path
As I sit in my office dressed in my favorite walking shoes and itching for the crunch of a few miles under my still-sore feet, I feel the need to put something... anything... into writing about how I am feeling following the experience of just having walked The Notre Dame Trail. For those who … [Read more...] about The Trail Continues