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.
Being the Signs is a handful of posts in which I treat street and other signs as mindfulness teachings. Here’s the first post.
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