Pilgrim Notes

Reflections along the way.



Thanks for visiting my blog. This is a place for me to think out loud and in dialogue with a few friends. It offers a record of reflections from the past few years. I am Anglican Priest and am currently planting a church in Maryville, TN (St. Brendan’s Church).

Ecclesiastes 3 has come to serve as a backdrop for much of my writing and thinking:

3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.


  1. Hi Doug – thought you might want to know about this:

    Searchles Releases Social Media’s First Push-me/Pull-me Widget
    Increases Viral Reach of Content While Keeping Traffic Where it Should Be – On Your Site!

    Washington, D.C. — January 19, 2006 — Searchles® (www.searchles.com) – the intelligent social search platform that gets smarter every time you use it – today released a fully integrated widget that keeps web traffic where it should be – on your site. It is the first social widget that doesn’t take the user off the source page to bookmark, tag, share or comment on content, automatically pushes and pulls tags and comments back to the source page, and recommends related content from the source site and elsewhere.

    “The majority of social media sites marginalize original content by disconnecting the audience dialogue from the source,” said Chris Seline, founder and CTO of Searchles. “Searchles’ widget is the glue between people and the content they care about, helping users and websites leverage the power of our platform from anywhere on the web. It’s an elegant, viral solution that delivers an enhanced, interactive experience for users while helping catalyze audience growth on the sites where it’s deployed.”

    Targeted to blogs, online media, social networking, audio and video websites that want to tap into the viral power of social media while building closer connections between their audience and content – the Searchles’ widget is reliable, easy to use and simple to deploy. Among the key features:

    • With the widget installed, users never leave the source website to bookmark, tag, share, group or comment on content. (Requires user registration at Searchles)
    • Tags and comments on the source website are automatically “pushed” into Searchles just as tags and comments at Searchles itself are automatically “pulled” back to the source site – viewable instantly in both places.
    • Users can receive notifications to automatically know when another user has replied to their comments and are prompted to return.
    • By using your mouse to scroll over tags within the widget, Searchles will automatically recommend related content biased to the source site and then elsewhere on the web. (No registration required)
    • The Searchles’ widget doesn’t hog valuable site real estate – it integrates very unobtrusively at the bottom of source content, collapsing and expanding within the source site as the user interacts.
    • Easy to install with just one line of code – easy and intuitive to use.

    See how the Searchles widget works in action on our blog at http://blog.searchles.com, or get one for your website at: http://www.searchles.com/misc/widget. Not only is it viral, it’s contagious!

    About Searchles
    Searchles is a highly scaleable “social search” platform that showcases expertise, enables collaboration with peers and instantly captures it in searchable knowledge indexes. The platform is a hybrid, combining aspects of “social bookmarking” and “social networking” technology with analytical “social search” capability.

    Unlike other social sites that limit discovery through a “wisdom of the masses” approach, Searchles empowers users to determine who influences their discovery efforts, when and how through networks of trust. Network search enables users to discover content with personalized filtering features that include tags, keywords or a combination of both, as well as the ability to apply these same filters to search all postings, groups, friends, or friends’ friends based on each user’s personal criteria. By analyzing the associations and patterns between trusted people, sources, tags and content, Searchles is able to deliver more precise, relevant results while suggesting content and people related to each user’s interests.

    The proprietary technology behind Searchles is an evolution of the search engine Dumbfind, developed by veteran search technologist and Searchles’ founder and CTO Chris Seline. Both brands are wholly-owned by Searchles, Inc., a privately-held company based in Washington, D.C. backed by angel investors. http://www.searchles.com

  2. Hello

    Great book. I just want to say what a fantastic thing you are doing! Good luck!


  3. Glad to see you’re out-reaching in His name.

  4. I plan to be at your meeting tomorrow night, but would really appreciate a call whenever you can take a minute. 865-414-4527. Thanks, Michael.

  5. I found this blog through your mentioning of my site on your liturgical year twitter.
    If you link here to “Liturgy” http://www.liturgy.co.nz
    please let me know so I acknowledge that and link back.
    Advent Blessings.

  6. As a new Christian and a long time social liberal I really appreciate your unique approach and focus on Christ’s message of love.

  7. Hi Doug,
    Do you accept advertising on your blog page? I run a travel website and would like to advertise.

    Please let me know either way.
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