Tag: #AtoZChallenge

Kind (as in “It takes all kinds”)

I’ve been touring colleges during April with my two youngest daughters — one at a time, of course. One daughter at a time, one college at a time. Looking at colleges in the time of COVID is particularly challenging. Many colleges weren’t offering on-campus… Continue Reading “Kind (as in “It takes all kinds”)”


Before my first Hutchmoot in 2011, I received a recommended reading list that I took pretty seriously. I read Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott I read Acedia and Me by Kathleen Norris I read some other writing book that talked about writing and… Continue Reading “Jonathan”


For the first six years that I attended Hutchmoot it was held at the Church of the Redeemer in Nashville. The Church of the Redeemer has a lovely building, the kind that has been added onto in stages, with ramps and hidden bathrooms, a… Continue Reading “Introvert”


Mary and I have been traveling this past week. We drove past a business last night called Auto Spa. “Do you think they give your car a massage?” I asked. “I know a massage is supposed to be nice,” she replied, “but the thought… Continue Reading “Healing”


At Hutchmoot 2013, I took pages and pages of notes for the talks I attended.The notes have arrows pointing to other sections, and words written in the margins on the vertical axis, scribbles, and single word entries — like just a name with no… Continue Reading “Good”


What! You, too? I thought I was the only one. C. S. Lewis I daresay this is quoted every year at Hutchmoot. Muppets from Space is also oft-referenced. That’s the movie where Gonzo (in a dream) is denied entrance to Noah’s Ark because he… Continue Reading “Friendship”


Hutchmoot does not predetermine a theme for each year, but every year a definite theme emerges. That theme, though, may be different for each participant. Once, when a friend was asking me about Hutchmoot, I said that Hutchmoot meets you where you are. I… Continue Reading “Ego”

Dish Duty

Hutchmoot has grown substantially. For the first few years, it was limited to 100 attendees. Then, through a weird glitch in 2012 or 2013, it expanded to 130 attendees. In 2017, it moved from Church of the Redeemer in Nashville to Christ Community Church… Continue Reading “Dish Duty”


Good conversation is a hallmark of Hutchmoot. We eat our meals together. At my first Hutchmoot, we ate in the basement of The Church of the Redeemer at long tables lined with metal folding chairs. I actually wrote a cheesy poem about my experience… Continue Reading “Conversation”

Beach Boys

Malcolm Gladwell did a fascinating two-part episode on memory in Season 3 of his Revisionist History podcast. He began with memories of 9/11 and how, if you ask someone today where they were and what they were doing, they can recount precise details of… Continue Reading “Beach Boys”