along the way

observations on the journey

On the Camino de Santiago

During the months of October and November 2019, Sally and I are in France and Spain to walk the 500 mile pilgrimage called El Camino de Santiago – The Way of St. James. I will write of this journey in a “sub-blog” accessed through this post, updated through links to individual entries below. My hope […]

For Those Struggling

Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to light. John Milton, Paradise Lost The Struggle Here again. Dissatisfied and feeling down. Another job, another bad boss. The hopes of something new quickly fading amid the realities of expectations, workload, long hours, and the struggle to get ahead on too little […]

They Are Watching

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see. Henry David Thoreau A couple of months ago, I found a small box in my office. Inside was a red velvet pouch and a handwritten note. Opening […]

Thank You

Our Camino was a journey of gratitude. Sitting here, warm and comfortable in that life we left eight weeks ago, it becomes easy to see. The awkward attempts to describe our adventure, to articulate the experience, have only just begun. Courteous inquiries skip along the surface of something that we are just starting to understand […]

The Way

For years you dreamed it The adventure of a lifetime Promising possibility Unlikely, even impossible It floated there A constant point in the universe Under which you moved, Walking the path of the routine You spoke of it, wrote of it Always there, waiting Somewhere in the future Too far to be real The days […]

Called by Name

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;I have called you by name: you are mine. Isiah 43:1 In a break in the rain, we put our backpacks in the trunk and climbed into the taxi. Standing in the “golden plaza” under the spires of the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela, we were set to […]

Finisterre

Infinito, The word hung in brass With the endlessness of the Atlantic Framing it beyond The end of the world Feels poised at the edge Of infinity A step from oblivion O Semaforo Was a fitting end To the days and nights of trial A form of completion to the Way The dark waters worked […]

Pilgrim

Words are often meaningless Until we grow into them There are no shortcuts To that person we might become We must be forged On the roads we travel Choosing our Way, We walk forth Carrying so much Finding we need less Than we ever imagined Our path is marked By the detritus left behind Our […]

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