The Waterway That Marks My Place in the World

A few years ago, I struck up a conversation with some nice folks at a booth at The Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College in Grand Rapids. The booth offered information on The Huss Project and *culture is not optional. I was interested in the intentional community they were establishing in a former schoolhouse in Three Rivers, Michigan. It was pleasant to share words with like-minded folk.

This week, an essay I wrote titled “The Creek” is featured in their online magazine, Topology. It is an honor to share thoughts on the waterway that marks my place in the world. Stop by Topology and enjoy other essays, poetry and images by artists from around the country.

Speaking of The Festival of Faith and Writing, I’ll be making my biennial pilgrimage to this outstanding writers/readers conference later this week. Don’t envy me as I rub shoulders with the likes of Lucy Shaw, Leslie Leyland Fields, Zadie Smith and Tobias Wolff. I’m certain I’ll come home inspired as a writer, and with a lengthy reading list for the coming year.




  1. Linda Esseltine

    I love your writing!! I felt like I was exploring your farm as I read yet left wanting to physically explore!


      Thank you, Linda! I’d love to have you come out and explore.

  2. Tara

    I’m jealous! So many of my fave people will be at the Festival of Faith and Writers. Enjoy!


      Wish you were coming, Tara! It would be great to meet in person.

  3. Betsy Tacchella

    Your “Water Way…” post was inspiring and so eloquently written. I felt like I was there. I love creeks and you defined yours in such a picturesque way. It was both nostalgic and refreshing how you folded the piece into memories of your boys.


      Thank you, Betsy. It’s amazing how something as simple as a little body of water can hold such meaning, but our little creek holds stories and memories that are precious to me. I’m glad the piece spoke to you.

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