April 2011

Stories from the Shack - Jim Henderson and Wm. Paul Young

May 8th in Seattle, my friend Jim Henderson is introducing an amazing and ambitious show, starring Paul Young, author of the powerful and provocative novel "The Shack," which has shaken the Christian publishing world as no novel has done in the past century. It's the story of a man confronting some painful memories from his past in a little cabin in the Northwest wilderness, and in the company of -- brace yourself -- the Trinity, one of whose members is God the Parent, represented in the story by an African American woman.

Video: Why am I a conservationist? What's a living legacy?

Here's a quick 5 minute video outlining ways to get engaged in environmental giving.  The video is a summary of why our family is involved in conservation, and shares thoughts on ways others can join in as well.  Some of the questions answered include:  Why am I involved in supporting water issues; What's a living legacy?  Why do I support the Nature Conservancy - and what's my message to other conservation donors (which has something to do with sharing a cup of coffee!)

News on a March Full Moon - Poetry by David Plumb

I'm taking a little detour from my typical post tonight in order to publish this moving poem by a talented and eloquent writer. David Plumb's work is shaped by his own experience as a naval officer during the Vietnam War and by his profound empathy for those whose names are "whispered in the stars. Jessica, Daniel, Jeffrey, Patrick" -- names that "echo in blood, in guns, in storms."

Thank you, David, for reminding us who they are, and who we are as well.