As you may have noticed, I haven’t been blogging much lately.
Please don’t take it personally. It’s nothing you’ve said or didn’t say.
It’s that for the past year and a half, my writing time has been spent working on a book. Until I get back to this blog, I thought I’d invite you to check out or perhaps revisit some of what I think are the more interesting posts.
Stumbling Through Blessing is a series of fifteen posts about the Birkot HaShachar, the Jewish morning blessings, and the role they might play in helping us – Jews and non-Jews; believers, agnostics, and atheists – live with more gratitude, presence, and even compassion. Part spiritual reportage, part suggested practice. The series begins here.
Notes from Pilgrimage in Uneasy Times describes my efforts to work with the counting of the Omer, a Jewish practice that falls between Passover and Shavuot, to help navigate through the covid pandemic. In all candour, though I like the first post, I’m not sure how successful the others are (a pandemic will do that to a person). But then again, I’m my harshest critic and you might like them. If you want to join me, start here.
These are a few pieces I like that have been well-received:
Tales from a Jewish Cow Town: Moises Ville, Argentina (I think the title speaks for itself)
Gone to the School of Greyhound is an account of a two-day, non-stop bus ride from Toronto to Northern Arizona
A pilgrimage along New Orleans’ Royal Road takes you on a long walk through some New Orleans neighbourhoods I love