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 […]

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 […]

Santiago

The rain held us In its cold cocoon Blanketing us While the tornado Swelled within Arrival was bittersweet, Frenetic at first Settling to placid introspection All emotion seemed magnified Each feeling epic Searching for meaning, We strained our senses Reaching for firm ground Hoping for revelation Stories swirled between us Memories even now fading As […]

The Things We Found

In the mountains, we found an edge A place where our bodies stopped Pushed to the limits Then the strength to push on   In the villages, we found history Time and story beyond imagination Great deeds and sad tales Then the hope to move forward   On the road, we found others Searching for […]

Living Well

The peace of yesterday morning stayed with me all day. For me, yesterday felt like a big project, brought so lose to completion, that it’s success was nearly a sure thing. There is such a release knowing the hard work is done and a joy in realizing the final steps would feel relatively easy. I […]

Peace in the Darkness

Yesterday marked our 6th day walking in the rain. I have never encountered anything like it. I laugh as I write this; the Camino itself is unlike anything I have every encountered. We left Palas de Rei at about 9am yesterday and got into Ribadiso at almost 5:30pm. Sunshine appeared about three times in 5-15 […]

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