The Portland Pinnacle

This weekend, I had the privilege of leading the mini-retreat at the Faith & Culture Writers Conference. There, a wonderful group of writers gathered, and we took a break from the noise, production cycle, and comparison-culture of modern life. During the retreat portion of the conference, we disconnected from social media (for the most part) and took time to explore presence--presence with nature, with each other, and with God. On Friday afternoon, I hiked a steep climb into the heart of Mt. Tabor Park. I sat in pink blossoms shed from Spring trees. I listened to the wind blowing through the firs, the birds singing in their boughs. Instead of brimming with inspiration, though, I was blind-sided by irrational fear. What if that moment was the pinnacle of my most interesting days? Melancholic though it was, I asked myself "what if it's all downhill from here?"

In my most recent Tiny Letter, I'm exploring this question, and sharing a little more about my experience at the Faith & Culture Writers Conference. I'm also sharing a book update you won't want to miss, and announcing the winners of last month's Chasing Francis giveaway. If you aren't a subscriber to my monthly Tiny Letter, sign up to read along!

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Thanks to all of you who attended the retreat at the Faith & Culture Writer's Conference. We had fun didn't we? And thanks to all of you who consistently read along. This place wouldn't be the same without you.

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