Why this blog

Ranger Station

When I was seventeen, I started keeping a journal. I’ve kept it ever since. The original idea was to track developments in a promising year. It was necessarily a private exercise and has remained so ever since. Lately, though, I’ve realized that I’ve never written purely for myself (if for no one else, I’ve written for future grandchildren), and that there is something strange about filling books with words no one reads. So I’ve decided to start this blog (awful word) to share a bit more. In good conscience, I can’t do otherwise. Whatever light is in me didn’t start with me and isn’t mine to keep.

7 thoughts on “Why this blog

  1. Hey Tim, I found your blog after Marty Mullaney asked me if you had written anything lately. Glad to see you venturing into the blogosphere. Hope you and the family are well and that ’14 is full of blessings for you.

  2. Timothy, Read your article, Rediscovering Jesus, in the March 16 issue of America. I can’t express how well I thought it was written and how profoundly I am being affected by its contents. I’m a 74-year old, married, Jesuit educated on-again, off-again practicing Catholic. Have you watched Nova’s THE SECRETS OF THE VATICAN on my computer (PBS.org) was probably. Makes one want to nail a new 95 theses on the doors of St. Peter’s. Anyway, for the first time in my life I’ve read something about believing in Jesus and forming a relationship with Him that makes sense (I actually have contacted my local parish church about joining its Divorce Recovery Ministry. I’m not a joiner; never, ever. But I’ve read your article three or four times and find myself wanting to give back. Thank you.

    • Dear Mr. Geoghegan, thank you for your kind words. The Lord obviously has plans for you! I’m glad my article was helpful in this renewed encounter. There was a time in my life when I thought such a relationship was not possible, but then Christ showed me otherwise. I’ve never regretted any step ever taken in his direction. I expect you are finding and will find the same. God bless you!

  3. Good evening Timothy:

    As a close reader of the works and life of Norman Maclean, your “The River Runs On” is a profound and moving look at what’s always eluded me, like some fish. (Yes, I love to fish dries but actually have caught and released more on nymphs. Please don’t tell anyone.) Sought and guessed, perhaps happily unseen, unfound.

    For a writer tackling such epic and disturbing subjects, I’ve always regarded Maclean’s religious ambivalence frustrating. All his references and hints but what resolution? You’ve put your finger on the essence of why I read and reread him.

    And more..I’m a simple-minded guy and so I’ve been all over the state of Montana looking for clues in his physical places: the twists and canyons of the Blackfoot; Seeley Lake and the festival in his name there and in Missoula; the high and barren desert-like slopes of Mann Gulch. In most of those places, silence that invited prayer…as close as I can come to my own leap from the C-47.

    I find Psalm 42 helpful in many ways, especially the invocation to waters through which “Deep calls to deep…”

    You offer a brilliant, wise, and heartfelt thread that has enriched my own musings and wondering. Thank you. Now looking at your archive, I see you’ve been at it a while and am drawn to reading more, grateful for your companionship on the page/screen.

    A member of my contemplative writing group bracingly advised, ‘A writer is someone who writes,’ and you have written your way to some deep and redeeming places. As we hope on the water and off, tight lines! Greg

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