I love to read and write and gather up the words of others in written form so that other people can read them. As I enter into the sixth year of “Gifts in Open Hands – A Blog for a Pentecost Year” I am grateful that this electronic format allows me to continue this precious sharing.
I’ve been a local church pastor in the United Church of Christ for thirty-seven years in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. I’m the author or editor of twenty books. Recent Pilgrim Press titles are From the Psalms to the Cloud — Connecting with the Digital Age with Maria Mankin, Gifts in Open Hands — Resources for the Global Community with Kathy Wonson Eddy, All Whom God Has Joined, (resources for same-gender loving marriage) with Leanne McCall Tigert, Before the Amen (anthology of worship resources) with Maria Caring for Ourselves while Caring for our Elders, with Maria and Leanne, Daybook for New Voices (365 prayers and poems by youth) with Maria. Published two years ago was the Shakespeare Reader and Other Christmas Tales which is fun and fiction. I write poetry and flash fiction, and am a five-year NaNoWriMo winner (if you know, you know)
People have asked what my plans are after my retirement this December. My transition from bivocational parish and writing ministry will focus on my writing and encouraging other writers. I and co-author Maria Mankin are very excited about the late spring arrival from Pilgrim Press of A Child Laughs – Prayers of Hope and Justice, an anthology including the work of more than seventy-five contributors from around the world. In the fall there will be a new book of Advent and Christmas poetry, prayer and worship resources.
I am expanding my workshops on writing poetry, liturgy, memoir or fiction. I have experience with schools, senior settings, faith communities, correctional facilities, recovery and survivor groups, and English Language Learners. I offer both spiritual and secular single workshops, a series of events, or retreats.
In addition to group work I will have more time for my book mentor or book consultant practice. Over the years I’ve nudged, organized and edited many books — from memoir to cozy mystery. Some new writers need one solid session of bouncing ideas or setting a schedule, while others need ongoing editing or publishing suggestions A website in development will share author testimonials.
And for fun?? I love hiking, swimming, board games, dogs (especially beagles), and attending science fiction and fantasy conventions. I’m going to do more of that! I am always deeply supported by my family and I will be spending more time with them, but, a household of introverts all, they stand here loved but unnamed.