Friday, April 14, 2006


Several years ago our good friend Jeff Lawrence co-founded Communique, an online literature and arts journal. After a great start, it languished a bit while Jeff and his partners pursued other responsibilities. As of today, however, Communique is online once again. You will find provocative fiction, poetry, and literary analysis in this issue, with archived articles just a click away. Communique is always worth reading. We are glad to see it back!
Joni and Bob

Monday, April 10, 2006

Art Sighting

Be sure to look at the recent posting under Sighting of Delight for Art on the website. We recommend an event in June that will wow you.

Touching the Void

I am an extremist when it comes to vacations. Give me remote, scary, arduous ADVENTURE! Our girls have been known to say, "Mom, couldn't we go someplace our friends might even recognize?" Not surprisingly, I love to read about or watch movies about epic adventures in which the human beings overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. The stories make me feel alive on all cylinders. Looking over the brink of the chasm (either literally or vicariously) lets me see life in sharp relief against its alternative.

Joe Simpson wrote a book titled Touching the Void. It tells the harrowing true story of him and his partner, Simon Yates, as they face disaster after a fall on an ice mountain. The book was followed by a movie in which one or both of Joe and Simon appear (do not want to give it away!). My climbing friends tell me the movie is one of the more realistic they have seen from the technical perspective. Find the book. Watch the movie. Grip the sides of your chair with your fingernails as you hold on for the ride. Peer over the edge and feel what it is to live this life out loud.
Joni from the brink

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


We love living in the turbulence where theology and culture meet. It is the best location for engaging people as they look for answers. Check out Relevant magazine, put out by the Relevant Media Group. The magazine is targeted at college and career folks in their 20's and 30's. It is a must read for anyone who is one of these creatures or has such creatures in their lives (work, family, friends). Relevant is edgy, energetic, and challenging. You may not agree with every page, but that is part of the point. Check it out at We get the hard copy also. Good for tearing out pages to be passed along in those turbulent waters.
Joni and Bob