• Our last night on the beach.

  • Quite the view, 450 feet above the lake.

  • Walking back to our campsite, another beautiful Michigan dusk as our backdrop.

  • The s’more, perfected.

    (Trick is to melt the chocolate on the graham cracker by placing it near your campfire.)

  • Good morning from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

  • Alligator Hill, surrounded on all sides by plump, wild blackberries with a view of Lake Michigan below.

  • That rarest of things, a vacation Sunday, means lunch at Lula Cafe before a stroll thru the impressive Logan Sqare farmers’ market.

  • New stack. Have you read any of these? I’m about a third of the way through WOLF HALL. Which should I pick up next?

  • Blackberry hand pies for tonight’s picnic.

    (When it comes to fruit pies, looks is secondary to taste, right?)

  • A good way to begin the vacation.

  • Our 7-yr-old’s birth mom baked him a treasure chest birthday cake and we’re all super impressed!

  • My coworker for the morning. She’s studying for an exam while I prep a sermon. Pretty great!

  • Good morning, Chicago.

  • Cool fountain on a warm morning.

  • We are visiting Wisconsin and the local NPR affiliate is doing an in-depth call-in segment about people’s favorite ice cream and I am moving here now.

  • In today’s newsletter I share a Juneteenth sermon: There is Freedom.

    “Those early June 19th worship services and parades and public celebrations were more than a commemoration of the past- they were a proclamation of freedom into the future… freedom is always meant to be lived.”

  • In tomorrow’s newsletter I share a sermon for Juneteenth from 2 Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” You can subscribe here.

  • Working on something I’ve been meaning to get to for a while.

  • Visiting Grand Rapids for a friend’s 40th birthday. Al fresco dining at Brewery Vivant.

  • A good way to begin the day.

  • A good sabbath walk through Jackson Park on a muggy afternoon.

  • “‘Teach me thy ways, O Lord’ is, like all prayers, a rash one, and one I cannot but recommend.”

    Annie Dillard

  • Cooking from a couple of favorite cookbooks today: lemon and blueberry frozen yogurt and bbq spiced chicken thighs with yogurt nuoc cham sauce.

  • Pre-bedtime fire in the garden.

  • Got to hang out with this goldfinch along with oriels, warblers, some noisy redwing blackbirds, and an especially impressive heron in Jackson Park this afternoon.

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