Today I’m in Virginia Beach at Regent U. to help flesh out the details of a 2 year qualitative study of at-risk pastors and spouses. One question: what (besides free room/meals) would make them interested in coming and revealing their at-risk natures.
The ride down yesterday was a joy. Well, it was long, but the Eastern shore of MD is like going back to the 50s. Old buildings with rusted out coca cola signs on the roadside. It is like a trip through the rural south. There are little pentecostal churches scattered along the road. Farms. Rusted out cars. I saw cotton growing (a first for me).
Crossing the bay bridge provided a refreshing sight and smell. The sky was a cloudy steel blue and the water was greenish blue and capped with white. Gorgeous! While I wasn’t looking forward to the long drive, it turned out to be a quiet day with my thoughts; even restful!