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The Complete Pilgrimage Journal: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 12-19, 2014

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June 12 and 13   Roads comfort me.  I often find myself on bright days and dark nights between strips of white and yellow paint.  When I meet him, I often wonder who he is and what he has done with my self.  The confusion lets me know that I am still alive and perhaps […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 19

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  There is nothing like waking up and knowing that you are going to finish.  I knew that every step I had taken and was taking was a step toward abolishing the death penalty.  I called many people throughout the day as I walked into Austin.  I stopped for some lemonade.  The sweetness of the […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 18

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Walking down a busy highway late in the day was different than anything I’d done before.  People were honking and yelling as I walked.  I don’t think anyone was honking and yelling because they liked the look of a man in a robe either.  I was unnerved.  I thought about stopping.  I was tired.  I […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 17

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Storms were coming that looked fierce but never truly developed into anything but a short shower. Red bumps filled the skin covering my right hip.  Each step I took caused my robe to rub up against those bumps and made them itch more.  I knew I was in for a hot itchy day.   The […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 16

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  I woke up.  I woke up.  I woke up.  The transition from sleep to engagement with the world was difficult.  I felt terrible.  This was only to be my fourth day on my pilgrimage.  How would I survive?  I prayed and started to force my bones to move.   Still moving slowly, I met […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 15

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I was not too far over the Brazos County line when a Sheriff’s Deputy rolled up.  Jumping out of the car, the Deputy started a line of call and response with me, “Where are you going?”  “To Austin”  “Walking?”  “Yes, I am walking from Livingston to Austin in protest of the death penalty.”  “Ok…”  Then […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 14

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Sleeping is not easy when you are not on a bed.  We take our rest for granted.  Homelessness is a pervasive problem in our world.  We do violence everyday when we don’t consider the sleepless nights of others.  I spent the first few waking hours of my second day on pilgrimage walking against the death […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 12 and 13

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Roads comfort me.  I often find myself on bright days and dark nights between strips of white and yellow paint.  When I meet him, I often wonder who he is and what he has done with my self.  The confusion lets me know that I am still alive and perhaps growing in my humanity.  There […]

On the Eve of Pilgrimage: Contemplating Walking 200 miles from Livingston to Austin in Opposition to Execution

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Community leaders of the day stood with their stones ready.  The law said that the woman caught in adultery was to be killed.  Everyone looked up to see what Jesus would do.  Joining the woman in the dirt, Jesus used his body to save her.  Without the body of Jesus, the woman would have perished. […]

Jesus is Calling…Please Pick Up: An Open Letter to Brother Bill Haslam, Governor of Tennessee

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Brother Bill.  I bring you greetings in the name of our savior…Jesus the Christ.  We both graduated from Emory University…a university that I know gave us both a strong social conscience.  I write because I am deeply pained in my spirit by your decision to use the electric chair for executions in Tennessee.  I feel […]

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