Tag: Blogging from A to Z

Love in Action

L is for Love in Action. Well did Monty Python choose a rabbit — the Rabbit of Caerbannog — to protect. The retreat at Laity Lodge was put on by the Rabbit Room, an online community modeled after Lewis and Tolkien’s Inkling community that… Continue Reading “Love in Action”

Kindred Spirit

K is for Kindred Spirit and Kindness and a friend whose name begins with K who embodies both of those. I don’t want to embarrass her by saying her name so I’m just posting this embarrassing photograph from a memorable segment of my trip… Continue Reading “Kindred Spirit”


J is for Journey. The bigger story of our lives is constantly being retold is smaller stories every day. For example, my journey to Laity Lodge was series of steps which I could break down thus: Car ride to Binghamton Bus trip to NYC… Continue Reading “Journey”


J is for Jonathan, Jonathan Rogers, to be exact. Jonathan Rogers is a writer, speaker, teacher, and Flannery O’Connor expert. For whatever reason, I am prone to say the most awful things to him — insults and degradations. Like this past fall, when I… Continue Reading “Jonathan”


I is for the Inklings. Ralph Wood, in his first talk at Laity Lodge, spoke about the Inklings, that group of men who met in an English pub to discuss life and literature, and whose best-known members were C. S. Lewis and J. R.… Continue Reading “Inklings”

The Good Guide

G is for Flannery O’Connor’s story that wasn’t called “The Good Guide.” That’s not a typo. She wrote a story called “The Artificial N——” — I can’t even bring myself to type the word — and her editor pleaded with her to change the… Continue Reading “The Good Guide”

Frio River

F is for Frio — as in the Frio River. Every time I think about Laity Lodge and the Frio River, these words scroll across my mind – A river runs through it. Because a river runs through the canyon and is such an… Continue Reading “Frio River”

Empire Swimming (and Easter)

E is for Empire Swimming and Easter. As a swim coach, I thought it funny that I ended up on my first flight to Laity Lodge with a swim team. I didn’t mind.  Swimmers are some of my favorite people in the whole world.… Continue Reading “Empire Swimming (and Easter)”


Wouldn’t you know it? Yesterday I discovered the A to Z Blogging Challenge for April, where for the month of April the challenge is to blog every day except Sunday, and use the letters of the alphabet to mark off the days. April 1st,… Continue Reading “Bluff”


Q: How many stories can I eke out of one bus trip? A: This is the last one. I think. When I began the trip, I was determined to have writer’s eyes and ears, paying attention to the details and scribbling them down. Once… Continue Reading “Assistance”