Words 

Fiction, Essays, Sermons & Podcasts

A child said “what is the grass?” fetching it to me with full hands…

I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green stuff woven.

 

– Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Reviews

excerpts of reviews 

Ten Days in September, Des Moines, Iowa

Tuesday Morning

My life has always been tangled up with the grasses. My life has always been tangled up with greenback dollars. But only recently have they become inextricably twisted together, like the “rats’ nests” my older sisters used to brush out of my auburn childhood locks. And only recently has the ravel involved a lot of people beyond myself. 

"Side Oats Sanctus" is an excerpt of the book Of Green Stuff Woven as first published in The Waldorf Literary Review. 

Essays 

Riding the Light-Rail through Iowa with Pope Francis blog post 

A whimsical reflection on Pope Francis' important creation  theology teaching Laudato Si (chapter three).

 A blog first read on the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa website

Sermons 

We Sing the Cross Sermon 

Creation-centered Maundy Thursday sermon. First preached at the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul, Des Moines, Iowa. Listen or Read below.