I belieive

December 27th, 2017 By punkpriest

John 20:1-a. 2-8–“I Believe!” Today as I caught up on thank you notes there were several extra checks addressed to me personally, with a note: “A Thank you to your friend Matt,” and one person wrote a note which said: “River, through your newsletter, your blog, these past months we were taken with the young […]

Sloughing Towards Bethlehem

December 26th, 2017 By punkpriest

Sloughing Towards Bethlehem Matthew 10:17-22 Christmas was a saucy day for me. I spent all day at my friends in Marin. I I hung out with his family and friends. Matt has always given me the same thing I give him–no judgment, and so I have given him total trust. This Thanksgiving and Christmas were […]

Wisdom Walking

December 25th, 2017 By punkpriest

Wisdom Walking: Pilgrimage As A Way of Life by Gil Stafford Im Memory of Frosty, 1999-2017 Gil Stafford writes of pilgrimage and his journey on the road of life. One of the quotes that touched me was to in a quote from Brene Brown in which she said “I try to hide a way the […]

Merry Christmas!

December 23rd, 2017 By punkpriest

On my top bunk my friend Kale is asleep, after along night at a  club. We have been friends since he was fifteen. He sees me simply as his friend, and the “strange” kids that are always knocking on my door are alien to him; He is from  Sebastopal and an upper middle class family, […]

One Moment At A Time!

December 20th, 2017 By punkpriest

One Moment At A Time! Today I visited a seventy eight year old woman in a nursing home, the first visitor she has had, since I have been there last a month ago. She has trouble understanding why Medicare pays for such poor places, no television, rehab three times a week. I paid for television […]

Standing on the Edge of the Canyon

December 19th, 2017 By punkpriest

Standing on the Edge of the Canyon Last night I received  a snap chat from my friend, an 18 year old M who lives in a small town in New Mexico. I have texted and talked to him for three years as he has struggled with his sexuality. The conversation turned into a three hour […]


December 18th, 2017 By punkpriest

Fear/Faith “To enter Advent we must leave fear for faith.” Last night as I was walking up Haight sixteen year old Jason approached me, and I simply called him by name, and he simply went off on me. Knocked me down, gave me a bloody nose. I simply held him as he exploded. And I […]

Choose Life!

December 16th, 2017 By punkpriest

Choose Life! “See I have set before you today life, prosperity, death and adversity.  If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing the commandments and decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live, and become numerous. […]

Merciful and Gracious

December 13th, 2017 By punkpriest

Merciful and Gracious Psalm 103: 1-4, 8, 10 Since the latter part of October I have been running high fever and losing weight. I have become emotional at times, crying, and there have been so much going on–four deaths, people coming to me under stress, and people not understanding where I come from. During that […]

The Gift and the Task

December 12th, 2017 By punkpriest

The Gift and the Task   At the end of September a doctoral student finished his dissertation on alternative styles of counseling. One section was entitled,”The Peter Pan Method,” and I was the one he wrote about.  He is soon to publish this in a journal.  This raised many issues for me because he summarized […]