Tag: friendship

The Bachelor Party

The other day five men came into the sports center together, one of them spinning a shiny new Spalding basketball between his hands. “Is anyone playing basketball right now?” he asked. “The gym is available,” I said. “I don’t know if anyone is playing… Continue Reading “The Bachelor Party”

Qu’est-ce que

Q is for Qu’est-ce que. Dr. Ralph Woods stopped me one day at Laity Lodge. “I’ve noticed you,” he said. Noticed me? I thought. Me? Short of wearing camo, I do my best to blend in with my surroundings. He continued. “You’re very attentive… Continue Reading “Qu’est-ce que”

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”


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”


H is for Hike. Henri Nouwen said, “Friendship has always belonged to the core of my spiritual journey.” Friendship is the core of almost any journey — and it was true of my hike at Laity Lodge. I know that I already mentioned the… Continue Reading “Hike”