Miles To Go …

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When I first lived in St. Louis as a Young Man On The Move, I found navigating the urban area quite challenging.

As a country lad, I experienced lots of space, long eyeshot, and a few significant markers to help me decide where I was at any given time.  Living in one place for over twenty years was helpful, in that respect.

However, the city was a whole different thing …

For one thing, I kept confusing two similarly named major arteries, one in the city of St. Louis and the other in the county of St. Louis.  Yes, we name both a city and a county the same.  For another, I was just not used to the “bigness” of urban sprawl, with all the lights, all the buildings, and all the people.

One time I found myself completely lost and confused.  I had made a wrong turn somewhere and was unfamiliar, even slightly with anything that I saw.   To say I was a little disturbed would be right and possibly even an understatement.

By the way, this was before mobile phones, GPS, and all that other stuff which makes the idea of “getting lost” sound rather quaint.   When I lost my bearings, I was lost in the true sense of the word.

However, something told me to calm down and think my way out of being lost …

As I followed my advice (for once), I happened to notice that I was driving slowly through some neighborhoods which combined exquisite architecture and stylish looks.  I became curious about the history of these houses and those who lived in them.  I wondered how my life and the life of those I knew differed from what these people probably experienced.

I had never seen this part of St. Louis before.  As I continued to inhabit the Heartland, I grew to know it well and even had the opportunity to peek inside some of these grand houses.   This early experience enhanced my understanding of the diversity and the history of my adopted hometown.

Well, this is not a particularly gripping story, but when I read the quote illustrated above, this is where my mind immediately went.  

When we are lost, whether it be geographically, emotionally, or culturally, we have a tendency to panic.   We encounter unfamiliar ground and shift into emergency mode. We concentrate on finding our bearings and getting away from being lost.  

Every once in a while, we are smart enough to enjoy what we are learning about the world by letting go of the need to find ourselves.

What kind of “lost” are you experiencing now?

What are you telling yourself about being “lost”?

What are you noticing for the first time?

Remembering a good night long ago in the Heartland ….



Bottom Line …

Give St. Louis FinalOne day … 24 hours … 700 plus good causes ….Over two million dollars … 

Not too shabby, St. Louis:)

This reminds me of several things:

1)  Folks in my larger neighborhood will share when asked.

2)  You can do quite a lot when you focus your efforts into a small time space.

3)  Even with many struggling, many still give.  Maybe those who most know struggle give the most.

Thanks to all who participated, shared, donated, and hyped this annual event …. please continue to support the good causes of your choice.  Even when the event ends, the website goes down, and the tents are folded up for storage, the needs continue.

Feeling rather happy in the Heartland ….


Perspective Setting …

File:Radar image of the 2011 St. Louis tornado.png“Some of the most severe damage to power equipment occurred in: Berkeley, Bridgeton, Florissant, North County, and St. Charles.”

Phrases you do not want to seen with your city listed on an electric company outage webpage after a major storm rolls through the neighborhood …

My little corner of Heaven (and the St. Louis airport area) have been nailed more than our fair share every spring for the past several years by violent thunderstorms and tornados.  Apparently I have chosen to homestead along a fairly narrow corridor up which dangerous and destructive weather likes to travel.  We are not unfamiliar with this type of thing.

On the other hand, it can always be worse … we have no fatalities at this point.   Joplin was not as fortunate a few years ago.  Oklahoma was not as fortunate yesterday.

Standing in the dark and staring at uprooted trees and lots of branches missing their parents in the Heartland ….



Note:  Image is from the 2011 Good Friday storm, but it’s pretty close to what we saw last night right before the power went away.  The term “Debris Ball” is one we hear regularly.

Response To Boston in St. Louis …


Interfaith Partnership Response to Boston
Wednesday, April 24 at 7 PM
Eden Seminary in Webster Groves

The events that unfolded in Boston have touched us all deeply as we pray for victims and their families, grieve with Boston as the city heals, and look ahead as we consider how this event fits into our collective understanding of ourselves as persons of peace and understanding.

ALL are invited to an Interfaith Response to Boston at 7pm on Wednesday evening, at the chapel at Eden Seminary in Webster Groves (475 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119).

This event is an opportunity for the interfaith community to show support for innocent victims of terrorism and to urge our wider community not to understand the actions of individuals as representative of entire religious communities.

This event will feature three speakers: Imam Mohamed Hasic of Islam, Rabbi Susan Talve or Judaism, and Rev. Dr. David Greenhaw of Christianity.

Time is short; please disseminate this message to contacts within your faith communities so we can come together as a vibrant interfaith community.

Gladly sharing in support of the Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis to help people of faith show support and healing in the Heartland ….