Looking out the window

Churches and trainsThey all look the same to me nowThey shoot you some placeWhile we ache to come home somehow – Gregory Alan Isakov, Amsterdam Linford of Over the Rhine said, “Letters are good for discussing the weather. Almost anything that can be glimpsed out a window fits well into… 

Digging Holes

Gotta dig a lot of holes to get into something deep – Nathaniel Rateliff I read Gabe’s 2000th blog post (thanks to Seth for sharing) and was again inspired to show up at this blog and write more often. Because big things often happen not all at once but drip… 

Mennonite Marathon: The Peace Trail

Not everything automatically becomes a tradition. You can do a thing once, have a good time (or not), then never do it ever again. There’s no such thing as a “first annual”, you need a second to make it an annual affair. Back in 2020, when we were all going… 

Junk Shed

Be careful who you pick as your hero. Beau Miles has inspired my creative and just-a-tad-odd side ever since I heard about his 26-hour marathon. After watching the video, I watched the rest of his wacky adventure stories, including his Run the Line video, and the one about his kayak… 

Poetry Reading Saturday at The Public

Friends, we’re having ourselves a POETRY READING on Saturday, Apr 30. And you should come! Location: The Public Brewhouse and Gallery (301 Main St. Steinbach)Date: Saturday, Apr 30, 2pm (till about 3:30 or so)What’s happening: Readings of poetry from my new book, as well as readings from special guests. And… 

Active Art

I’ve been inspired the past few years by folks who combine activity and art, sport and expression. Sport in itself is an expression (Chariots of Fire, “when I run, I feel God’s pleasure,” anyone?), but when an artist combines a physical activity with another medium, I find the results interesting…. 

Zine: Where the Wolves Hooowl

Here’s an 8-page zine I made about our Wolf Howl Hike back when the snow was deep and the nights were cold (ok, they’re still a little cold). It’s interesting how we share the stories happening in our lives, isn’t it? These days we can snap a photo of something… 

There’s a Lot Walking

Last night we went to the Trails in Motion Film Tour, hosted by Manitoba Association of Trail Running (an amazing night, thank you!). The night’s films showcased all the beauty and craziness that is the sport of trail running. Elite runners trying to claim “fastest known times” (FKTs) on 100+… 

Quiet Records

One year ago today I started writing daily the words that would become Morning Rounds with my Writing in Community, er, community. Today I had a conversation about writing and why we do so. Why put work into putting thoughts into words and onto paper at all? I’ve been chewing… 

The things they forgot to tell us

Magnificently unprepared for the long littleness of life. – Frances Cornford They didn’t tell us, did theyIn oh all the placesWe would goThere would stillBe dishes to do