• This week’s newsletter, provoked by a head-scratching interview with historian James McPherson about the 1619 Project.

  • Breakfast with my favorite 5-yr-old.

  • Twins!

  • Thinking about James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates in Paris … and the fanatical white people back home.

  • When it comes to racial reconciliation/justice, many white people begin by asking people of color, “Will you teach me?”

    Instead, I’d suggest that white people first ask ourselves: Am I willing to see, stand for, suffer with, and submit myself to people of color?

  • Day-off baking: donuts & bacon.

  • Publication is still a few months away, but it seems like Rediscipling the White Church is actually going to happen.

  • We use Eucharsitic Prayers in our Communion liturgy and I’m always amazed at how timely the prayers are.

  • In an anti-racism training today. This understanding of racism is so key to reckoning with its scope and what is required to resist racial injustice.

  • A few of my companions on my walk through Jackson Park yesterday: Hermit Thrush, Downy Woodpecker, Brown Creeper, and White-breasted Nuthatch.

  • Had the good fortune of being given two of the new Library of America collection, What I Stand On: The Collected Essays of Wendell Berry 1969-2017. I’ve listed one on ebay at $30.00 off the sticker price.

  • Au revoir Paris.

  • A rainy morning breakfast - croissant, omelette, and espresso - at Café de Flore, one of James Baldwin’s regular spots.

  • You were beautiful Crete. Our favorite.

  • A beautiful day on the west coast of Crete.

  • Paris question:

    My wife and I have a couple of nights coming up in the city. If you could eat at one restaurant for dinner, where would it be?

    (Looking for something classic, not pretentious.)


  • First morning in Crete: A beautiful hike through Sirikari Gorge.

  • Maggie and I have been traveling through Greece to celebrate our 20th anniversary. This biography of the apostle Paul by N. T. Wright has been my book and it’s been a gift to imagine the places Paul visited while traveling through some the same landscapes.

  • Late-night backgammon in the old city of Rhodes.

  • Good morning from Rhodes.

  • Waiting for the ferry to Rhodes.

  • Spotted these good-looking guys hunting bugs in an ancient cypress tree on Tilos this morning.

  • On our last full day on Tilos we were up with the sun for our first hike of the day. A steep and sometimes slippery climb led to some spectacular views.

  • Getting the lay of the land on our first morning on Tilos before hiking to a beach that was deserted aside from a few friendly goats.

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