Voices in the Empty Tower

School’s out!

My second grader is now officially a third grader. We had a huge school-wide picnic in the blazing summer heat. Looking out from under the chestnut tree at the top of the hill, eating a fresh cool salad, there was short grass in the foreground, tall grass a little beyond that, rolling farmland a bit further out, and then the forested Holyoke Range, hazy and blue in the humidity, presiding silently over the raucus proceedings.

All the adults kept accidentally calling the kids “second graders”, and the kids kept screaming out “third graders!”

hangedgodTomorrow we’re headed to Boston for my wife’s ten-year college reunion. Then we’re driving a bit further, out onto Cape Cod, for a week of camping by the beach. (Yes, with four small children. Don’t worry, we’re professionals.)

So I’ll be away from the computer for a spell, and I realized that this would be an awesome chance to do something I’ve been meaning to do for a while: bring some Other Voices front and center here. I did some guest blogging for Pagan Sojourn back in January, and Slade and I have exchanged articles, and each of those experiences was extremely positive for all involved. The cross-pollination of ideas and readers and writers is exciting and invigorating for everyone.

Below is a list of the generous bloggers who have graciously agreed to step in to fill my silence, along with a snatch of their voices:

Over the next week, these big-hearted souls will be posting on topics of their own choosing when the spirit moves them. At Erik’s suggestion, some of them are planning to write about the tension between innovation and tradition in religion — a fascinating topic, and a potentially explosive one, as history has shown. But whatever they write about, I thank them all from the bottom of my heart! I can’t wait to see what they will post.

Men go abroad to wonder the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.

–St. Augustine


[Note: I just realized that my beautiful “Other Voices” page was gutted when I upgraded WordPress last week. My apologies to those whose work was represented there — I didn’t backup things properly, it appears, and I will have to reconstruct it from scratch after my vacation.]

4 responses to “Voices in the Empty Tower”

  1. Jeff, to get back the other voices page you could copy and paste the source from the Cached page via google. Just search for the page and click the ‘Cached’ link. Hope that helps

    Have a good holiday 🙂


  2. Thanks, Mahud! Unfortunately it was one of those pages that was generated from code… But you’ve given me an idea: I suspect it’s hidden somewhere in my Google Desktop caches. Thanks!


  3. I have finally finished my guest post – you can see it here due to technical difficulties.


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