Photo: Glen van Alkemade

Balm of Lothlórien

Last summer, my friends the Winters made a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Greece. I was very excited for them, having lived there myself for a couple of years as a young man, which was a long time ago. I eagerly followed their facebook posts; I drooled over their photos, and sometimes replied “Oh! Turn left at…

October pumpkin pie

Where O Where Is The Pumpkin Man?

Seasonal reflection recently posted to our church blog, “In Some Measure”: Where O Where Is The Pumpkin Man? “It’s October and I’m tooling around Upper Michigan, on vacation with my wife, looking for pumpkins. October has many virtues, but my absolute favorite among them is finding, cooking and eating fresh pumpkin — preferably in pie…”

Frozen Lake Michigan

Where Is My Father?

I wrecked my car a few days after my dad disappeared. I spun out on black ice in Elgin, Illinois, wrapping the car around a utility pole. I had graduated college about six months earlier, and though flat broke I had bought a brand-new Pontiac secured with nothing but a job-acceptance letter. I am by…