WINGSPREAD E-Zine for September, 2015

“Spreading your wings” in a complex world


  • E-zine subscription information
  • How to purchase Wingspread: Of Faith and Flying
  • Newest blog article: Longing for Life
  • Writer’s Corner
  • Book and Film reviews
  • Favorite quotes


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Buy—Wingspread: A Memoir of Faith and Flying.

Stories about how my childhood (Fundamentalist) faith led to mission bush-piloting in South America. Buy it here: (or at Barnes and Noble,, etc.)
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New blog:   Longing for Life

Daily joys make life complete
But unlived joys oft’ seem more sweet.

‘Tis not the pilots lust the sky
But groundlings who may never fly.

The healthy take each day for granted;
The dying count each day as blessèd.

Gluttons scorn their daily bread;
The starving judge one dry crust good.

Wives live bored in nuptial bliss,
Single souls seek just one kiss….

 Read more here:

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Writer’s Corner
Writer’s Word for the Week:  Psychic Distance

Where does the narrator stand relative to the character?  How far does the narrator take the reader inside the character’s head? For instance, the narrator can zoom out for a panoramic view and then zoom in for an up-close, detailed description.  The narrator can describe as an objective outsider, or as an emotionally-engaged insider. Track how you use psychic distance in your writing!


Books and Film reviews

Stephen Hawking and the Theory of Everything. 2014. A dramatic film about the life and loves of Stephen Hawking, astrophysicist. Hawking, now a 72-year-old quadriplegic, advanced human knowledge about the universe’s beginnings, but has not found faith in God. Heavy on the love life, and light on the physics and cosmology. ***

Becoming the Gospel: Paul, Participation, and Mission. Michael Gorman. Eerdmans. 2015. Wonkish, with occasional Greek words. But a powerful, holistic reading of St. Paul’s letters to the churches, where Paul sees the new, local churches in Asia and Europe as Christ’s guerrilla-movement for bringing in shalom, and indeed, the Kingdom of God. ***


Favorite quotes

♫   A member of Parliament to Disraeli: “Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease!”
“That depends, Sir,” said Disraeli, “on whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.”

♫  “I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.”  Clarence Darrow

♫  “There’s nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won’t cure.” Jack E. Leonard

♫  “God is to our generation what sex was to the Victorians.” Malcolm Muggeridge

♫  “The Church is a whore, but she’s our mother.”  Philip Berrigan

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