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Responding to Charlottesville

This weekend, I was mostly at a loss as I watched from afar what was happening in Charlottesville. Sickening news reports were balanced in my Facebook feed...

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Last week Braid received some big news. We learned that we are among 15 semifinalists for The Encore Prize, a national competition that will award $50,000 to...

The Grand Adventure

“There’s a spider in here! I am going to die!,” was the scream from the back of the rather large rental vehicle. “Yes,” yelled the other three...

The Mixed Emotions of Going to Camp

I remember well the summer I was 9 years old, when my parents packed me off to sleep-away camp. I had been to a shorter overnight camp...

The Water Cycle

It is easy to forget in our world of technological and medical advances that the ancients could be quite advanced for their time and history. The great...

Remembering the Keys

When I was six years old, my mom claimed an old upright piano that a local elementary school was giving away and signed me up for lessons....

The Thin Places

There is a passage in the Quran that informs Muslims that Allah is closer to humans than their jugular vein. In Japanese Buddhism there is a wonderful...

It’s Not Too Late

This week I’ve been wrestling (again) with one of the most difficult stories I’ve ever heard. A couple weeks ago I reflected on a Bible story about...

The Dancing Bus of Mull

One of the most sacred places I have had the good fortune to visit is the Island of Iona, which sits off the west coast of Scotland....

Making Room

I have been thinking a lot this week about hospitality. In my home growing up, our family’s out-of-town guests slept on a pullout sofa in the den,...