Sunday, January 06, 2013
Glyphs from the desert
One of the first things I did after we unpacked our U-Haul truck here in Deming, back in 2008, was buy a copy of the local newspaper, the Deming Headlight.
In these subsequent years, I've contributed occasional letters, op-eds, and photographs. As a reader, I have particularly enjoyed the weekly column by Win Mott, the Anglican bishop for our area, entitled "Desert Sage." Win writes about social and political matters in a humanitarian spirit, sometimes making reference to Christian scripture, sometimes not. As I was introducing a zen center to this community, Win was a welcoming neighbor, allowing us to hold our early retreats at his church.
On New Year's Day, Win called me from his home in Columbus, asking me to be a pinch-hitter once a month. In other words, I will now be sharing the "Desert Sage" column with him, contributing a column for the second Thursday of each month. This begins next week.
It is a new benchmark in my long career of writing for no pay. It will be a good exercise, however. The Headlight's readership is a very different audience than the one for this blog. The material will be original although inevitably I will address similar topics and themes.
[Image: Spring Canyon on Christmas day]