Archive for April 2012

012 All Who Wander-Trailfest Series: Trail Days Damascus, VA – Part 2 Windtalker Concert

This is the 4th in a new series of shows in which Dana and I follow the migratory herd of 2011 Northbound AT thru-hikers from trail to trail town stopping off at hiker celebrations along the way. This time we find ourselves, once again, in Damascus, Virginia for the 2011 Trail Days Festival. This episode of All Who Wander features an outdoor, street-side native american flute concert by thru-hiker, musician and author Windtalker (aka Randy Motz) There’s a lot of street noise but I think it just serves to give you a better feel for what a chaotic, beautiful mess Trail Days is.

This years 2012 Trail Days will be May 18 – 20. 

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If you’d like to contact Randy and his wife Georgia, visit their website where you can find booking information, pick up a CD or purchase one of the many books they’ve co-authored…including The Walk, Reflections on Life and Faith from the Appalachian Trail…which I reviewed last year at

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Me : or look for me (as well as the All Who Wander fan page) on facebook

Wanna see some pics from the 2011 Trail Days?  Here’s a link to my personal facebook page with a whole bunch of pics including one or two of Windtalkers concert:


Happy Trails and Donadaghovi, until we meet again…


“The danger is that you will not listen to the voice that speaks to you through the seagull mounting the gray wind, say, or the vision in the temple, that you do not listen to the voice inside you or to the voice that speaks from outside but specifically to you out of the specific events of your life, but that instead you listen to the great blaring voice of our mass culture, which threatens to deafen us all by blasting forth that the only thing that really matters about your work is how much it will get you in the way of salary and status, and that if it is gladness you are after, you can save that for weekends.”

-Frederick Buechner










Blue Like Jazz the Movie: A Review – Nooooooooo!




I’m pretty sure I groaned out loud as the first scenes flashed on the screen.  I thought back to the grass roots effort by fans of the book to save the movie that was slated to die before completion, “There just wasn’t enough money to do this right.”  I thought, “No, don’t start like this…people are gonna get up and leave.”  I wanted to get up and leave. It was awkward…really, uncomfortably awkward.  In fact, I was afraid that maybe one of those awful, garish “christian”  production companies had donated a huge sum of money and hijacked Don’s book and Steve’s vision.  I honestly thought these things.  With dread and overwhelming disappointment, I thought these things. Then I remembered how much I had paid for the ticket and decided, “Eh, I’ll give it another scene or two.” Honestly glad I waited.

I would write this completely different if I thought everyone had already seen the film. But if you’d already seen the film you wouldn’t really care what I think…hopefully.  Okay, maybe you would.  You would probably be as excited as I am and wanna talk about it.  (So, I may actually write a “spoilers included” version of this just because I’m so stoked about the movie.) So, editing out the spoilers, there’s not a whole lot I can say that won’t ruin the genius behind this movie. But there are some things.  Here they are:


1. If you’re easily offended…don’t see this film. Wait, do see this film.  You need to see it.

2. If you’ve read the book, forget that you’ve read it. Watch this as a completely separate work.

3. If you’re expecting something akin to Fireproof…you’ll really enjoy the first 5 or 10 minutes,  then you’ll get up and leave.

4. Don’t leave.  Wait it out. I promise it’ll be worth it. (Have I said that already?)

5. That first scene…it’s awkwardness?  Intentional.  Genius. You”ll see.

6. Steve Taylor’s fingerprints are all over this.

7. So are God’s.


Yup, that’s all you’re getting out of me on this one. So go see it.  Then come back here and let me know what you think.  Save the spoilers for my private e-mail (

One last thing”  What does this have to do with wilderness, hiking, the outdoors, etc? Nothing, really. It has everything to do with God. With searching. With struggle.  With wandering. And you know…not all those who wander are necessarily lost.