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  • I’m Lisa Eldred… a long-time Hutchmoot attendee. I am a ridiculous person who writes seriously about heavy topics.

    I heard a talk about this story by Pete Peterson, Chris Slaten, and (I think) Eric Peters at Hutchmoot a few years ago and I’m glad for the chance to finally read and discuss it!

  • I’m just Sally.

    Don’t mind me — I’ll just stand off here to the side and try to blend in with the wallpaper.

  • In this week’s edition of Rabbit Trails, Doug McKelvey remains singularly focused on owls.

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  • In this week’s edition of Rabbit Trails, Hutchmoot: Homebound suddenly becomes fiercely competitive.

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  • Jonny Jimison is back with Rabbit Trails #24, wherein Sauron himself is brought low by an unstable internet connection.

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  • If you’re like me right about now, you’re looking for just about anything to give you a glimpse of joy and beauty in a world that feels like it’s burning to the ground. And if you’re a maker of beauty, you migh […]

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  • “And the wrens have returned and they’re nestingIn the hollow of that oak where his heart once had beenAnd he lifts up his arms in a blessing for being born again”— Rich Mullins, “The Color Green” […]

    • Oh my goodness. That Rich Mullins lyric is SO perfect!

    • Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes. Excellent review, John, of a book begging to be looked at long and intently and then lavishly described. Thank you once again to Helena and to the Rabbit Room for making this book happen. Years from now, 2020 won’t just be the year we lived through a pandemic – it’ll be the year we read The Door On Half-Bald Hill for the first time.

    • Hey Abigail! It’s a totally stand alone story. Don’t worry, you haven’t missed anything!

    • John, you put words to so much that I was sensing in my first reading, but lacking words for! This is especially true for what you said about the poetic nature of the book’s structure. Now onto my second reading…

  • I’ve wanted to write for weeks, to speak something hopeful and life-giving into the world’s collective anxiety. But the words feel stuck, dried up. They come flickering in the middle of the night or while I was […]

    • Thank you so much for this! I was starting to feel like I was the only one who was missing out on some kind of world-wide vacation where inspiration and good feelings swirl everywhere. 🙂 If you ask me, COVID-19 has been romanticized far too much on the internet. Not everyone is sitting around at home with too much time on their hands. Personally, my commitments and tasks have spiked SO much due to quarantine that I’ve barely had any time or energy to create anything for myself. It’s comforting to be reminded that I don’t have to become Shakespeare during this pandemic. Any art in us that is meant to come out will come out eventually, quarantine or not. 🙂

    • I’ve been feeling this too. Thank you Jen, for sharing encouragement with those of us who feel like we’re failing to be creative during this time when the conditions are supposedly perfect for it.

    • This is so encouraging, thank you, Jen!! Sometimes I let the pressure to create paralyze me. It’s much better to be kind to myself, as you said, especially now.

    • Yes and Amen! Thank you, Jen.

  • I wouldn’t exactly describe myself as a touchy-feely person. If you give me a 5 Love Languages test, physical affection just barely sneaks into the number three spot. I know I carry internalized messages for h […]

  • Every year, on the Fixed In Post podcast, Pete Peterson and I do a special episode about our favorite films of the year, and every year I include some movies that make Pete say, “I’ve never even heard of that one […]

  • The much-beloved Jonny Jimison is back with his Rabbit Trails comic, just in time to celebrate Christmas.

    You can continue to be delighted by Jonny’s creative humor and whimsy by visiting his website.

  • When it comes to Christmas films, there are few moments more iconic than Linus’ recitation of the Nativity story in A Charlie Brown Christmas. It has become immortalized in the consciousness of our modern h […]

  • Last year, I did an in-depth interview with the trio behind one of my favorite musical discoveries, Through Juniper Vale (you can read the post here). But Through Juniper Vale’s producer, Vian Izak, is also a t […]

  • In the waning light of most autumn afternoons, you can find my daughter walking a slackline in our backyard. The really uncreative among us call slacklines tightropes, I think—it serves the same basic purpose. T […]

  • “‘No. You’re forgetting,’ said the Spirit. ‘That was not how you began. Light itself was your first love: you loved paint only as a means of telling about the light.’”—C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce […]

    • Hutchmoot is always rich, but this year surprised me with its riches again. Sweet conversations, good challenges. My heart was more tender than I knew coming in, and, as Suzanne Tietjen noted, “Music is the needle that drags the suture to the wound, to do the work.” I needed the prick of the needle this weekend, now the work of healing begins. I shared a few thoughts over on my blog: http://carolyncgivens.com/2019/10/16/you-didnt-know-my-grandma/

    • Wisely and deftly expressed, Kelly. Thanks so much for naming what so many are feeling.

    • Seconding Doug, this is exactly what is needed. Thank you.

    • I found myself in several delightful conversations with first-time Hutchmooters who were around the age I was back at Hutchmoot #1, and that was a complete joy for me. It was so encouraging to think back on all the work the Lord has done in my life through this community since Hutchmoot 2010, and to realize that He is about to do similar things in the lives of these new friends of mine. So great.

    • Oh, how I needed this, Kelly. Thank you. As for stories, here’s mine:
      Coming to my first Hutchmoot was like a good dream made real. Even before DH & I arrived, I kept saying, “I can’t believe this is happening,” to DH. But when I got there Thursday, I found myself simultaneously shy & feeling like I was being awkwardly overbearing by introducing myself to people, especially when I had to answer the question, “So what do you do?”
      But then Friday morning arrived, and with every new session, workshop, & conversation, I found myself relaxing & taking in all the enrichment. Though I wasn’t sure if I really belonged there when I came, by the time I left, I knew that I did, especially after participating in the “Midwife Crisis” session. I had–I have–a place in the community doing the work of creating & working out our faith through art, music, & story, & I can add value to that community. Such a glorious thought, to be able to be part of the work where I am right now.

    • Kelly, thank you again for writing this and giving words to so many thoughts.
      I love that Hutchmoot is one place I can get renewed inspiration and vision for homemaking and motherhood, encouragement and creative thrust for my writing, and new depths of understanding the Bible. This year I was eager to get home and roll up my sleeves again, and I know I wasn’t the only one.
      I also love that it’s OK to not be OK at Hutchmoot. Bearing one another’s burdens is displayed so beautifully in the prayers and hugs and sincere interactions. I wept more in one weekend than in the previous year, but I also laughed harder and longer and more often than I can remember. Where else could one find the camaraderie to jest over lunch and end up with a series of poems about cheese? If anything, Hutchmoot (and the Rabbit Room community year-round) gives me courage to shine my own little light in my own little corner, and hopefully spread some of this joy to someone else.

    • Loved this, and the constant reminders at and after the event to understand HM as a wayside inn. It was the trajectory I needed. I jotted down some thoughts at my blog: https://chriswheelerwrites.com/hutchmoot-2019-youre-not-crazy-nor-are-you-alone/. TL:DR – I’m glad I went, and it refreshed me for the year ahead. 🙂 Until next year!

    • I resonate with the idea of the sending place; Kelly thank you. And thanks to others who have shared here in the comments. You can read some of my own thoughts on the collision between retreating to Hutchmoot and returning to our places of practice here: https://aspectbyamy.wordpress.com/2019/10/25/travel-hutchmoot-2019-retreat-release-and-the-weapon-of-hospitality/

  • In the spirit of fall, here’s a “lost verse” from Douglas McKelvey’s liturgy of “Praise to the King of Creation.”

    You are the King of Autumn,You are the Master Painter of trees,You are the Progenitor of […]

    • I love this. While I haven’t yet seen the signs of autumn around me (I am too far south for it to be here yet), it reminds me to pay attention. There are untold “lost verses” that could be written if we just notice what is around us. Not all of us are poets, but sometimes others see things that we don’t. Someone from my church was once describing being on the beach with his kids and realizing the wonder of God. It wasn’t because of the beauty of the ocean…it was because God understands and knows the exact details of fluid dynamics and knows how far every wave will go, and how things washed up from one part will end up washing down to another. My friend can calculate some fluid dynamics problems, but the ocean completely overwhelmed his mind…and God understands it. That would not have occurred to me, but He is the founder of fluid dynamics, and so much more. Thanks for adding the seasonal verse.

    • Chris,
      I love the alliteration and imagery in this short poem. There is something special about fall in New England that can’t help but make me move a little more slowly to take in all the wonders of God’s creation. He is the King, indeed!

    • Nice post

  • One of the most brilliant aspects of The Faerie Queene also makes this work inaccessible to most modern readers. For approximately 35,000 lines, Spenser writes in verse (tight poetic form).

    Because I’m a r […]

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