Welcome to Blest Be the Tie,

a blog committed to wrapping language around the presence of the Sacred amid the absolutely ordinary.

Travels Near and Far

The Wild Atlantic Way
Where sheep may safely graze, on the shoulder of the fairy mountain
Along the West Highland Way
Finishing our trek across Scotland from coast to coast
Columba’s Bay, Iona
Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders
Pyramid Lake Wilderness, Adirondacks
St. Regis Canoe Wilderness
Sunset on Middle Saranac
Damascus Gate, Old City of Jerusalem
Stone of Unction, Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Domo, Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Poem for a Tuesday

“Prayer in My Boot” by Naomi Shihab Nye For the wind no one expected For the boy who does not know the answer For the graceful handle I found in a fieldattached to nothingpray it is universally applicable For our tracks which disappearthe moment we leave them For the face peering through the cafe windowas … Continue reading Poem for a Tuesday

“Servant Leaders”

Sabbath Day Thoughts – Mark 10:35-45 When the economy cratered in 2008, the St. Louis-based manufacturing and consulting company Barry-Wehmiller took a big financial hit.  For CEO Bob Chapman it was clear that employee cuts were inevitable, but instead of sending out pink slips, Chapman made a surprising announcement.  He implemented alternating furloughs of four-weeks … Continue reading “Servant Leaders”


Poem for a Tuesday — “Risk” by Lisa Colt “My teacher says, You’ve got to stink first. I tell her, I don’t have time to stink– at 64 years old I go directly to perfection or I go nowhere. Perfection is nowhere, she says, So stink. Stink like a beginner, stink like decaying flesh, old … Continue reading “Risk”

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