I intend to thrive where I go

This January has been a little bit different for me.  We flew back to Berlin over New Year’s Eve this year.  We got on the flight at 1pm Portland time/10pm Berlin time on Dec. 31st and walked off the plane at 11am Berlin time/ 2am Portland time on Jan. 1.   We got on public transit…

Camino Countdown: 226 Days!

In 226 days we are off, step by step from St. Jean. This week we prepared by making the reservations for St. Jean in an albergue that really sent me on my way last time and in Orisson in the middle of the Pyrenees…we probably won’t make any more reservations for places to stay yet. …

People I know: Jeff

  Yesterday I got to hang out with one of my dear friends named Jeff.  Jeff Mar and I met when I was serving in McMinnville, OR. He and his then partner moved to McMinnville from Detroit in 2013ish and I was the United Methodist pastor in town.  He moved to Mac to buy a…

People I know: Kate

This is my fantastic friend Kate.  (The pic on the left is Kate with her amazing wife, Monica….who will get a blog of her own post someday:)).   I have a number of amazing friends named Kate will get their own blog posts as well so you should know that when I refer to this Kate…

A plea to look up (aka while walking please put your phone away)

This morning I was taking the dogs on our morning walk and the sky was soooo beautiful that they got a longer walk because I just kept following the sunrise.  Every corner took my breath away along the canal.  We walked along the canal and I oooed and awwwed at these amazing colors…. Lately I…

Being seen: part 2

After I posted my post yesterday a few things happened to play into this conversation…. I received a couple of emails from someone I would think knows me fairly well.  This person knows that I am a pastor. I am ordained. I thought she knows that I really struggle with not being able to work…

Being seen

This morning, after a lovely evening last night, I got up a little later than I have been this week (7:30am…sleeping in!) and wandered into the shower.  I followed my morning routine of setting up the coffee and letting it brew while I take the dogs out on our morning walk.  We have been back…

People I know: Jim

This is Jim and his amazing wife Faye (I will probably talk about Faye another day since she has her own story that is incredible).  Jim and I probably met when I was a teenager although I think neither one of us really knows when or how but we re met in my last months…

Camino Countdown

We start our second Camino journey from St. Jean in just…. 233 days from today!   I did the math. I made a countdown on my computer and am pondering what that looks like over the next 9ish months before we take our first steps out of St. Jean and on to Santiago. This week that…

People I know: Erin

This is Erin… Erin and I met in a bar in the fall of 2016 (or so).  Our wives, now both ex wives, were both parts of groups that decided that this particular night both groups would go to this particular bar and we came along to hang out with them. Erin and I ended…