I am a seeker, enthusiast, storyteller, and guide. I'm on a quest, always searching, exploring, hunting for treasures. (Full disclosure: my father dutifully hung prints of his beloved Don Quixote in all his places of residence; it may have rubbed off.) I’ve had many somewheres to lay my head, but I’m restless. I am embarking on a new endeavor and I'd love for you to take a trip with me. I mean that both figuratively and literally.
I've formed a new non-profit called Tau, Inc. Its mission is to guide people on transformative journeys toward shalom. For now Tau will do this through a blog + newsletter and through guided retreats in wilderness settings.
I was born at the First Naval Base hospital in Pensacola, Florida and weaned over a steamy crocodile-filled bayou. My first memories are from Newport Beach and Disneyland. I learned to play soccer and endure the public shame of bifocals near the Puget Sound. I discovered danger and heartbreak on a Carolina coastal swamp. After that I was sent fatherless into the wilderness of rural Texas. I've lived many other places since, New York City for the longest time now. I wonder if a person becomes used to, shaped by, and then unable to escape the peripatetic life, spirit, and mindset. And lately I've been wondering if maybe that’s what faith calls us to be: pilgrims, travelers, seekers rather than settlers.
I’d like to invite you on this journey with me. I’m not sure all the places it will lead, but I hope to guide us into some adventures and be guided myself toward something more true, good, and beautiful than where we are now. I am in search of more wilderness, more wholeness, and a different way of life. As my companions I will share my story with you – with stops at the Pentagon, the Panama Canal, the Pacific Coast Highway, among others – and I hope you’ll share some of yours.
In terms of my newsletter: my love language is metaphor, my favorite rhetorical device is digression, and I'm stoked by a great many things but especially dialogue with good companions. I take almost daily walks to the East River and you're welcome to join in reality or online. At any rate, I expect the newsletter will feel like a nice long walk and talk. And I won't be the only one sharing. Hans Urs Von Balthasar says, "Man is the creature with a mystery in his heart that is bigger than himself.” Amen. I have more questions than answers. But I have good questions, and lots of them. I hope you'll join the journey.