Yes, I’m diving in, And I’m not alone


If ever there were a moment to Underthink It, it’s on New Year’s Day here at Lake Padden in Bellingham. It’s the annual Polar Bear Dip. And I decided yesterday that I would do it.

Here’s how it works: at noon on the dot, a bunch of people charge in the water, yelling and howling, dive in, and yell and howl some more as they make it back to solid ground. It’s quite exhilarating! And yes, it’s insane. I won’t argue with you on that point.

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The Power of YES

The Power of YES

[The following story is a seed from which this Reincorporation improv project has grown.]

After emptying my pockets of my wallet, keys, phone, I went with the┬ádeputy through two heavy red metal doors to the┬ájail’s multipurpose room where we meet. I’m part of a jail chaplaincy team from Tierra Nueva. I unstacked the blue plastic chairs and placed them in a circle. There’s a loud CLICK as the door is unlocked by the deputy on the other side. After shaking hands and welcoming the first pod of men we sit down in the blue plastic chairs and I opened our time with a prayer.

“When have you been told NO?” I asked them.

“This morning when the judge told me my release date is getting postponed.” one man piped up. Others gave their experiences too.

“And When have you been told YES?”

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