Still More

As my primary blog, Jnana’s Red Barn is a merry-go-round circling through Arts & Letters, American Affairs, Home & Garden, Personal Journey, original Poems and Poetry Footnotes, and Quaker Practice, plus stand-alone photos I call Postcards. As I sort through the goods packed away in the loft, we also revisit related  book-length writings that also deserve their season in the air, and four related sites have opened for that purpose. Please feel welcome to become a regular guest.

  • Thistle/Flinch is a free bookstore of my own poetry, fiction, and related work. The private imprint offers original ebooks in PDF editions for downloading to your own computer or printing out on paper, if you desire. Each month adds a new volume to the shelf.
  • Chicken Farmer I Still Love You engages some of the more prosaic challenges of living in our era. Its inaugural series, Talking Money, comprised a workbook for individuals and groups to use in uncovering and liberating the emotional, spiritual, and practical sides of money, wealth, labor, and time in our personal lives. Subsequent postings look at the Yankee Spirit, including New England’s celebrated foliage, and the continuing influence of the hippie movement on American culture.
  • As Light Is Sown includes chapter-length considerations of the central Quaker metaphor. Its first entry is an overview that was originally published as Revolutionary Light and considers the unvoiced but startling implications in early Quaker thinking about Christ and the Everlasting Gospel. Other chapters look at the rich and varied ways early Friends expressed their understanding of what they knew as that Light, often in language I find as powerfully compressed as much of contemporary poetry. Each day of 2014 forms a Daybook of a Bible quote, short thought from me, and an Elizabeth Bathhurst excerpt from the first generation of Quakers. I’m especially interested in ways we can advance our own thinking and practice nurtured by the roots of these spiritual ancestors.
  • The Orphan George Chronicles is home to my genealogical findings. Its narratives and research notes center on George Hodgson, who arrived in America as an orphan, and my line of descent from him. Along the way, I also examine the related maternal lines, including my Pennsylvania Dutch heritage in Ohio. In addition, the site includes the most complete biography yet of Robert Hodgson, an early Quaker minister who settled in Colonial Rhode Island; his firebrand preaching and escapades confronted the repressive authorities of New Amsterdam and New England, opening the way for religious toleration in the New World.

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In addition, my novels are appearing as ebooks at Smashwords.com. The volumes are available in a variety of digital platforms and may be obtained from many ebook retailers.