• I suppose naming a song and album “There Will Be Surprises” is rather like praying to God for patience. Meaning, I can’t set out on a project with this title and expect not to be surprised myself. And let me te […]

  • Recently, I had the pleasure of asking Russ Ramsey a few questions about his new book Rembrandt Is In the Wind, the story of how he came to love visual art, and the interaction of that love with his faith and […]

  • Hi, Sarah! The Rabbit Room Chinwag Facebook group is a great place to go to coordinate with other folks to get unused Hutchmoot tickets. Here’s a link to a post that was created yesterday for that very purpose: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rrchinwag/permalink/5232571250128129

  • Drew Miller commented on the post, Mugs! 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hey Perry, I think you’re referring to the mugs that we send out as a special thank-you to our members. It’s a unique perk of Rabbit Room membership—check out more of what it means at RabbitRoom.com/member.

    A toast to cozy mugs!

    -Drew, Content Developer

  • Hey, Glenn! Drew here.
    Just chiming in to clarify that, as I understand it, Hetty is not at all claiming Savior or Redeemer status for art. The quote that you’re referencing takes care to specify that our songs, stories, and poems are “imperfect image-elevators” which have the potential to lead us further into our own hearts, where the Holy…[Read more]

  • I heard it said once in an interview with Michael Pollan that, when it comes down to it, every writer only really asks one question with their entire career. I can’t decide whether I agree with that assessment. […]

  • As I listened to Sara Groves’s new album on repeat, my mind grasped for the best way to describe what makes her songwriting so special. And as I grasped away, a moment from one of my favorite movies kept […]

    • We’re both deciding what we can abide
      Holding our tongues and speaking our minds
       
      Sara writes with such honesty and excellence, void of pretension. Her words in Deal Breaker perfectly capture the tension of relationships beginning to end. They capture the beauty, pain, and hope of such a moment, as well as the beauty of ‘the other side’ should the relationship make it through the trial.
      I agree: the albums evokes emotion and reflection without manipulation. What’s a great work!

    • Sara Groves’ way with words has influenced my life ever since I was a young girl – she was one of the few artists my mom would put on in the car. I didn’t always get her music, but I’m so glad I’ve grown to better understand it. Listening to her songs feels like chewing on jerky, if that isn’t weird to say. Slow burn is a better way to put it, as you did! Almost every pivotal point of my life has a lyric of hers tied into it somewhere. Thanks for sharing this analysis!

    • Jag har alltid gillat hennes musik. Min mamma brukade lyssna på den och jag växte upp med den.

  • In case you haven’t heard, Andrew Osenga has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his new album, Headwaters—a collection of songs written to be sung by families, friends, and churches that deals with themes o […]

  • Hi again Molly,
    Sorry for your trouble. I’ve replied to your comment via email—check your inbox and we’ll get this sorted out.
    -Drew Miller (Content Developer)

  • Hi Molly,
    I’m sorry for your inconvenience. It looks like your email address became unsubscribed somewhere along the way, but I’ve added you back. You should receive email updates on this reading group now—you can always see the archived discussion from last night and join the remaining three discussions live.
    -Drew Miller (Content Developer)

  • I think my wife, Kelsey, said it best: “Find me in twenty years and I will still be listening to this warm, rich album.” Everything about Hold Still is a slow burn—even down to the process of making it, from w […]

  • In his Sunday Chef’s Address, John Cal referenced The Little Prince and made an insight that has stuck with me. He said, “It’s like when the Little Prince discovered a planet full of roses, when at first he […]

    • Yes, Drew Miller, you hit the proverbial nail on its head. I am absolutely experiencing those several gut feelings that only the feast and community of Hutchmoot produce, and which therefore only come around in their intensity and simultaneous-ness once a year – thank you for naming and claiming them, and forging the trail for the rest of us still struggling to wrap ourselves around the enormity and hilarity and overwhelming whelmedness that is Hutchmoot:Homebound. My rose… inevitably feels insignificant, not nearly as unique as I thought, and insipidly pale next to, say, just about any other rose in the room… which, of course, is the exact and appropriate humbling I need, both to cut my inevitably overgrown opinion of myself down to appropriate realism, and also to remind me that actually I DO still have a seat at the table (I’m here, aren’t I?), and therefore I DO have a voice, and my  rose is… mine, like you said. There isn’t another one quite like it. Maybe typing this comment is really me externally processing the fact that it’s truly important for each rose (and more, and more) to be in the room, for each voice — no matter how insipid, or hesitant, or not-as-excellent-as-we’d-like — to be at the table, that the community of beauty-makers is the thing, a beautiful mosaic of brilliantly individual tiles, of which I am suddenly happy and grateful to be one. 

    • I very much agree with this, not least because I also saw that everyone was coming from the same place of exhaustion I was. And that was comforting in its not-aloneness. For that reason I felt less refreshed this Hutchmoot than rearmed and challenged for what lies ahead.
      My rose is delicious food, healing in soul as well as in body as I cook for family members with extensive dietary needs and others who are safe eating in my home when they would not be almost anywhere else. I saw in various discussion places that this skill set is much needed in the wider world, and I am encouraged to continue the work.

    • “The beauty of this is that once I learn what gifts belong to me and honor them properly, I am freed up to notice and delight in the gifts that belong to others.” Yes, & amen! Hutchmoot, & The Rabbit Room community in general, tends to be full of “You, too? I thought I was the only one!” moments for me, & HM:HB 2021 was no exception. I especially enjoyed Sara Groves & Ben Shive’s session, Malcolm Guite’s keynote address, & connecting with dozens of fellow Rabbits on Instagram since. So many roses, & the variety of roses is stunning. Praise be to Creator that invites us to sub-create! 

    • Thank you for helping me ‘see my rose’. It seems to change each season, in color and shape. Sometimes I haven’t liked it at first. Sometimes I haven’t been able to easily find or even see it…being hidden by other things, some healthy, some not.  Sometimes it has been shared, sometimes it’s just for me, directly anyway.
      All of you have helped me put thoughts and words to this tension. God is glorified and I am humbled and excited.

  • Every year, as October approaches, I feel like there’s a little extra promise and anticipation in the air—partially just because I love the fall season, but in large part because October means Hut […]

  • It sure will. For all who attend the conference, the content will remain on the website for a couple weeks afterwards.

  • It was Pizza Night on Friday, March 13th, 2020. The candles were lit, the music was playing, and I had just adorned two old fashioneds with orange peels, ready for our weekly toast. That particular week had […]

  • It is no exaggeration to say that the soundtrack from 2019’s Little Women got me through 2020. For starters, Spotify told me so; its end-of-year report informed me that my favorite album was Little Women, my […]

  • After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a bra […]

  • If you attended Hutchmoot 2019, you’ll remember that our keynote speaker was Carolyn Arends: a down-to-earth, razor-sharp songwriter whose stories, songs, and insights wove the themes of the conference together. […]

  • One evening in December of 2018, Kelsey and I had just finished a riveting chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. We had been steadily plodding through the entire series for a couple years now, reading […]

  • For anyone experiencing issues logging into the Hutchmoot: Homebound website, feel free to reach out to Leslie Thompson at leslie@roguecreativemarketing.com. She’ll help you to figure out what’s going wrong and fix it!

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