Glyn and Will, along with Rudy the Schnoodle, began this blog in an 18th century farmhouse named RavenOak in Southeastern Pennsylvania, their home for thirteen years. Today they make their home in a small log cabin named Dayenu, on the South Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee.
Both Will and Glyn are avid gardeners and over the years turned the yard around their old house into a series of gardens, paths, and meditation spots. In the summer, several of the gardens are used for herbs, and vegetables which Glyn uses in her recipes and preserves for use throughout the winter. Together they write and manage this blog of recipes, celebrations, liturgies, and seasonal meditations.
Although Will and Glyn are not Jewish (they are retired Episcopal clergy), they cherish the Hebrew Scriptures for their witness to God’s loving-kindness/chesed, abiding-presence/shekinah, and peace/shalom. In appreciation of that heritage, they have named our home Dayenu and are devoting their lives in retirement to sharing what they are calling “Dayenu Spirituality.” The word “Dayenu” is best known from a song used in Passover Seders. In that context, it means (roughly) “if God had only given us the smallest blessing, it would have been enough, but see how much more God has done for us.” Their understanding of Dayenu is based on these beliefs:
God is love and loves all that God has made.
Life is a gift from God and is to be celebrated.
The illusion of scarcity is a fearful lie and cripples our spirits.
Love overcomes fear.
God has provided enough.
Only when we share, is there enough to go around.
A life of gratitude and simplicity is abundant life.
Their new home in the woods rests near the edge of a 2,000 foot bluff near the University of the South in Sewanee. Here writing and weaving will likely take precedence over gardening, but they still strive to create food for body, soul and Mind.
Glyn retiring as a pastor in the Episcopal Church, where she had a congregation in a neighboring town. She is a hand weaver and designs and produces textiles, church ornaments, and clothing. She looks forward to this blog about weaving, spirituality, and good food.
Will is a retired minister who has authored numerous books of poetry, fiction and spirituality. His current blog is Holy Manna. When not writing, gardening or blogging, he has been known to play the bagpipes and the mountain dulcimer.
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Of course Rudy is the real Ruler of the Roost ~ He sleeps at the foot of the bed every night, often under the covers, and does not believe Will & Glyn should hug one another without including him in on it!