Category Archive: thoughts

dangerous spirituality

A few days ago I was sipping my morning coffee in the shade of pink bougainvillea while gazing into the enormous crater of a water-filled volcano. The night before I had seen a spectacular… Continue reading

See God in Everyone

I dropped in one of my favorite galleries this week on a whim…the Galerie Perrotin, where I was blown away by the “Fire of Joy” expo by Iranian artist, Farhad Moshiri. In the… Continue reading

and the seed of encouragement raises its beautiful head

Today on facebook, a fb friend, Gary Bowen, announced his first solo photography show for next April 2013 in a small café on the west side Montréal. In the comment section he specifically… Continue reading

a parable

And then the wise teacher said When thou taggest tag not as some hath tagged defacing the dignified mangling the majestic selfishly scrawling cowardly concealing ambiguous aberrations of one’s own name Instead When… Continue reading

guerrilla beauty

On Sunday afternoon, I bought this humble pot of ivy for the entry way of our appartement. I’ve actually been thinking about it for awhile, helping out our sad little, boring entry way.… Continue reading

a personal spiritual story

Back in 1986, I moved to Brazil with my wife and kids. I remember the first year as this crazy, exciting, frustrating, whirlwind of  Portuguese learning, culture adapting, food tasting, furniture buying,  music… Continue reading

thoughts on public worship

Andrew, a young, new friend of mine told me recently that he was going to start something to help worship leaders of contemporary-type churches become more creative, effective, etc, etc. He asked me… Continue reading

wow or un-wow

Paris le Grand Palais definitely a grand palace in Paris definitely a grand place in Paris even its name is grand and palatial to see it from the outside…it is grand the sculptures… Continue reading

on the road…to something deeper

I saw the film, On the Road this week. It took place a few years before I was born. I’ve heard a lot about this book through the years…steam of consciousness, etc. and… Continue reading

Chocolat: the village and the film

Recently with some friends, I drove about 3 hours away to Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, the beautiful, little medieval village where the movie Chocolat was filmed. (If you are driving from Paris to Lyon, it makes… Continue reading


As part of leading a group in playing “cache cache” in the Jardin de Luxembourg this week, I found myself looking at a piece of paper that gave me the following challenge: “Find… Continue reading

love is all around

Give a listen to this beautiful tune by Dave Matthews while you read the following blog post. What I love in The Christmas Song is the chorus that repeats….love, love, love….love is all… Continue reading

Meubles et Monde (Furniture and World)

I am SUPER PROUD of my friends Julien and Andrea!!! Their new NGO, Meubles et Monde distributes furniture to new immigrants in their community, Park Extension in Montréal. The following article appeared in… Continue reading

My friend, Tintin

I’ve been a big fan of Tintin ever since I started learning French in the early 90s. In fact,  Tintin taught me a lot of French as I read through his adventures. It… Continue reading

The Amazing and Continuing History of the English Language

I’m not sure why, but one of my life’s little passions is the dabbling in the history of the English language. I suppose it comes from studying and speaking other languages. If you… Continue reading

The Tree of Life

I’ve just seen The Tree of Life for the second time. It is a very beautiful and moving film on several levels….I’d like to share with you some of my thoughts. The first… Continue reading

Walking the Labyrinth at Chartres

The mother of all labyrinths is in the Chartres Cathedral about an hour SW of Paris. Sanan and I, along with our favorite Dutch friend, Willemijn, made the trip last Friday. (FYI, the… Continue reading

Anger / Resentment / Forgiveness

I would like to share with you a few paragraphs from the book that Sanan and I are reading, The Spirituality of Imperfection…. The memory of things past is indeed a worm that… Continue reading

Emotional Weather

Our friend from London, Kate (not William’s Kate – this Kate is devoted to another Prince) came to visit us over the Easter weekend. During our many profound conversations over croissants in the… Continue reading

Cette space sacrée de l’intérieur

J’ai re-écouté une discussion avec John O’Donohue (poète irlandais, théologien, mystique) et je sentais que je devais d’écrire cette partie et de le partager avec vous car il est si incroyablement belle. Meister… Continue reading

Clapping Outloud in all the Wrong Places

Last night Sanan and I went to a concert of orchestral music at the Conservatoire de Paris. It was lovely…a collaborative event by a small London orchestra avec un petit orchestre Parisien. One… Continue reading

A night at the opera

I’ve just returned from a performance of Paul Hindemith’s “Mathis der Maler” (I think it would be Mathias the Painter,” in English).  Wow! What an amazing event. About half way through I asked… Continue reading

Jean-Pierre inspires me

Jean-Pierre works on our team each Tuesday night as we provide a pretty decent meal to about 100 people through the Restos du Coeur organization. He’s about 70 years old and retired. You… Continue reading

Düsseldorf and other city names

Driving to Düsseldorf, Germany for the first time this weekend, I already had in my mind a slight smile every time I said the name “Düsseldorf” or saw it on the map… have… Continue reading