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Reflections in the Silver Cup


Clarence performing at the Williams Station before boarding the Grand Canyon Railway
My interview with Clarence Clearwater about his spiritual journey was the first interview I posted on my website, back in 2015. I am reposting it because when I removed my blogged book, To Drink from the Silver Cup Clarence's story was inadvertently removed as well.

Wild West Junction in Williams, Arizona looks like a movie set, although it’s a little too upmarket for that. Arranged around a courtyard where Wild West reenactments and musical performances take place, the buildings contain a restaurant, a saloon, a bed and breakfast, a bookstore specializing in local history, and more. My schoolmate from elementary and high school, Clarence Clearwater walked into the cool semi-darkness of the Branding Iron Restaurant on a late afternoon in early August and led me to a back corner where we sat on rustic benches across a pinewood table from each other. He ordered an Arnold Palmer and I got an iced tea.

Clarence and I both attended  Read More 
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This blog entry was first published on the Religion Page of the Gallup Independent on June 24, 2017. Reprinted with permission.

Sometimes I know for weeks or even months in advance what I will write about for this column. Not so this time. I combed through my idea files and came up with a fat zero. I asked myself, “What do the people of Gallup need from me?” That’s probably an arrogant question, because it assumes that the readers of the Independent do, in fact, need something from me. Then I remembered a quote I had posted a few days ago by theologian Howard Thurman: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.”

One of my friends responded that “being alive” is Read More 
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