Why is Lasting Life Change is So Elusive?

You’ve been working on yourself for some time now. You go to counseling. You’re in church regularly. You’re seeking God, following all the self-discovery and self-care practices you’ve been taught, and making some radical shifts to how you “do you.” But it doesn’t really seem to stick. You know what I mean? You feel good, eat … Continue reading Why is Lasting Life Change is So Elusive?

How Everything Began with Nothing

 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. Genesis 1:1 (ESV) Walking up Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee, you wouldn’t immediately call it a great place for meditation. Especially not at 4 o’clock in the afternoon on a … Continue reading How Everything Began with Nothing

When God Speaks Through Tuscan Stones

“He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” - Luke 19:40 My traveling season began on an unnaturally cold Tuesday night in a stone villa in Northern Tuscany. Oh sure, I was already traveling. Coming 5,000 miles to Italy does count as travel. But I had not yet committed to … Continue reading When God Speaks Through Tuscan Stones

Dancing in the Footsteps of St. Hildegard, Part 1

Names matter. I've always loved asking people about their names, and what they mean. People, too, often ask me where the name for this blog--"That Fiery Dance"--came from.For me, "That Fiery Dance" has many meanings. And I'm sure it may have some totally different for you. First, for me it's a nod to freedom. (Because … Continue reading Dancing in the Footsteps of St. Hildegard, Part 1

What Really Happens When You Buzz Your Hair in the Middle of a Nebraska Blizzard

On Saturday, the 14th of April 2018, I buzzed off all of my hair.  My journey toward this moment began more than a decade ago, in Tibet, where I was frustrated by the intermittent showers I could get in that harsh, wild landscape. Sometimes a week went by between real showers, and my greasy hair … Continue reading What Really Happens When You Buzz Your Hair in the Middle of a Nebraska Blizzard