Malaysia’s Northeast Line: The Jungle Train (Saturday, June 16, 2011)

This post is from an older blog of mine from when I was on a Sabbatical and traveled overland trip from Southeast Asia to Europe. As much as possible, I traveled by trains.    We pull out of Singapore’s Tangong Pager Railway Station right on time, promptly at 4:30 AM. As we board the train, … Read more Malaysia’s Northeast Line: The Jungle Train (Saturday, June 16, 2011)


True Freedom

Jeff Garrison Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church July 7, 2019 John 8:31-36 With pomp and circumstance, along with fireworks, hot dogs, watermelons, sunburns, and thunderstorms, we celebrated our Nation’s birthday on Thursday, Independence Day. But what does freedom mean? What are the limits on what I can do as an individual? When does my freedom impinge … Read more True Freedom


Three Reviews: Poems, the Old South, & Storms at Sea

Joy Harjo, Conflict Resolutions for Holy Beings: Poems. (New York: W. W. Norton, 2015) 139 pages. I picked up this book after learning that Joy Harjo has been appointed poet laureate for the United States. It’s exciting because she’s the first Native American to serve in this position. In addition to being a poet, Harjo … Read more Three Reviews: Poems, the Old South, & Storms at Sea


Three Book Reviews (Short Stories, Sailing, and the Environment)

From my recent readings. They’re all different!  Anjali Sachdeva, All the Names They Used for God (Siegel & Grau, 2018), 257 pages. This is a collection of short stories and the first book by Ms. Sachdeva. I heard Sachdeva read from her book last summer when I was at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. She … Read more Three Book Reviews (Short Stories, Sailing, and the Environment)