The Un-Blog

Every Thursday I type some stuff into this computer and post it on my blog. I hope you enjoyed that sentence because, hey, that’s all I’ve got today!

Everything Flows

From the famous Japanese poem ‘Hōjōki aka The Ten Foot Square Hut’:

“The current of the flowing river does not cease, and yet the water is not the same water as before. The foam that floats on stagnant pools, now vanishing, now forming, never stays the same for long. So, too, it is with the people and dwellings of the world.”

– Kamo no Chōmei – poet, musician, Buddhist monk. In his fifties he moved to a tiny hut and created an epic poem. Circa 1212 …

Seems apropos as hurricane Florence approaches! Everything flows.

The Benefit of the Divine – Trusting God in All Things

Doubt is the essence of faith … wait, what?

Join us this Sunday, September 2nd at Unity Church of the Mountains in Blairsville, GA for ‘The Benefit of the Divine.’

Let’s talk about doubt, faith and trust. Hope to see you there!

Here’s something to play with until then:

“Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving” 

– – Frederick Buechner

Hikes, Meanders, Runs and Saunters So Far:

Anna Ruby Falls, Unicoi State Park
AT in Tennessee – July 9th, 2016
AT from Woody Gap – July 4, 2018
Brasstown Bald
DeSoto Falls – August 6th, 2018
Duke’s Creek Falls
Gibbs Gardens
Helton Creek Falls – Christmas 2016
Lake Winfield Scott – July 4, 2018
Meeks Park, Blairsville – dang near daily
Nottely Dam – July 1st, 2018
Reese Trail to AT to Walasi Yi – July 11th, 2018
Tallulah Gorge State Park – May 14th, 2018
Toccoa River tubing – August 14th, 2018
Track Rock to ?
Vogel State Park – all over the place
Vogel State Park to Byron Herbert Reese Farm

next? …

Praising Words

Proverbs 16:24 says, ‘Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.’

Do you have your own list of authentic praising words ready to go at a moment’s notice?

Because of you
Showing up
The world needs you to be you!

Mighty thanks to Rev. James King and Rev. Leah King for the idea and the inspiration.

A Special Place

A little boostery, but hey, it’s what I see:

Blairsville GA!

Super friendly people.

Mountains, parks, trails, waterfalls, lakes, rivers.

It’s quiet, the air is fresh, you can see stars at night.

Endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Running, hiking, biking, rafting.

Farmer’s markets and fresh organic food everywhere you look. Art for days. Festivals.

More good restaurants than you might expect, given the small population, although I’d certainly be glad to see some more Thai, Indian and vegan options! They’re coming, no doubt.

Speaking of which, if you’re a young person with skilz and a work ethic, why not come here (or stay here!) and start a business? Or teach? Or work the trades? Or …
There’s a decided buzz of anticipation and forward movement happening in Blairsville.

Conventional wisdom says that young people want to be in major cities, and I get that. The cities are progressive, they’re exciting, that’s where the great ideas and big opportunities are.

On the other hand, you just might have a shot at buying a house here, so there’s that! Bring some of that young energy and build something for the future, for all of us. That’s a special kind of opportunity too. And hey, there are some pretty happening cities within a couple of hours.

Did I mention that the people are super friendly?

I See You

I see you.
I am listening.
We are healing together, and I am grateful.

Easier said than done, don’t you agree? But I’m committing to it. I hope you will too.
Please join Paula Davis and me at Unity Church of the Mountains in Blairsville GA on August 5th for music, message and meditation.
Our talk is entitled ‘I See You.’