Dwell Retreat Reflections III: Stepping Out… of Burning Ships

     Resolved, Cortez ordering the burning of the ships that had just brought them to the New World;  Resolved, Peter stepping from the boat at Jesus’ invitation to join Him...walking on water; Resolved, the writer, picking up pen or keyboard and pushing past ‘writer’s block’ on toward the ‘battle of the middle’ — that point at which you realize …

Dwell Retreat Reflections II: Managing Expectations—(at both ends)

Dwell Retreat Reflections II: Managing Expectations—(at both ends)managing personal expectations, new beginnings, new friends, writers, writing,     The first of my Kansas Sunrise triad of poems, titled 'First Impressions', was one of those that I read as we flew into Wenatchee. In it, over 23 years ago, I had sought to capture the way in …

Dwell Retreat Reflections I: Journey Past Beginnings

Two weeks ago I attended the 'Dwell' writers' retreat, held at Grunewald Guild near Leavenworth, WA - a journey which is profoundly affecting this season of my life. What follows is the first of my reflections about this time, which I will release weekly. Enjoy!A Pilgrimage LaunchedAwenatchela, "People at the source", Wenatchee—(Native American) Sahaptin word …