Preacher, Poet, Storyteller, and Folk Theologian



My Story:

I was born somewhere in the Carpathian Mountains, the third child of a French deconstructionist philosopher and Romanian Orthodox nun. They later gave me up for adoption to an English archaeologist working his way through the Roman remains of central Romania. The English archaeologist took me to London and after his untimely death on the steps of the British museum; I lived as a street urchin on the London Underground.

It was there, while riding the Northern Line toward Tottenham Court Road on a rainy afternoon, a London based reporter for the American radio network “National Public Radio” interviewed me. The interview concerned the plight of orphans in Bosnia. Though I was a Romanian orphan of French descent, this didn’t seem to matter. My segment was subsequently broadcast to much critical acclaim. The reporter eventually won the Pulitzer Prize for Best Reporting in the “Foreign Gritty Human Drama Set to Winsome Clarinet Music” Category. It seemed the Volvo driving, Starbucks drinking, LL Bean wearing, organic food buying, expensive vacationing listeners who thrive on NPR really enjoyed the raw, earthy emotion in a story of a half Romanian street urchin who sold Orthodox icons to fund his Wellbutrin addiction.

After the broadcast, the reporter took my story and wrote a best selling novel which made him extremely wealthy. Whether out of guilt or fear that I would overcome my illiteracy, read the novel and harbor bitterness at being cheated out the riches gained on the back of my suffering, he bribed two State Department officials and secured me a Visa to attend Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

When not living the life described above, he is a United Methodist Minister, sheltering with his wife, children, and dog along the Outer Banks of North Carolina.


21 thoughts on “Preacher, Poet, Storyteller, and Folk Theologian

  1. Dear friend, Thank you very much, I was really happy to have been following your blog. I’m still a lot to figure out, and here I can only say that you are an awesome blogger, full Inspiring and hope you can inspire more readers. Thanks and greetings compassion from Gede Prama πŸ™‚


    • Dennis, Thank you for stopping by. I’ve been fortunate to be sent to some interesting places and work with great people. Thank you again for your stories. They mean a great deal to me and my work. Blessings, Richard


  2. Hello Richard,
    We have been following your blog for a while, and I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award. Thank you so much for your inspirational words. I enjoy your blog very much. You don’t need to make a post if you do not wish to– I just wanted to take the time to recognize you. πŸ™‚

    Love, Dorian and her Mama


  3. What a fantastic post. It’s so simple and to the point; crystallizing what I’ve been mulling over for some time. I’m going to repost this on our church’s website and link back to your blog. You’ve got a fan in me, friend. πŸ™‚


  4. I discovered your blog recently and now I am an avid reader.a retired UMC pastor(Holston Annual Conference,now serving,for a 2nd time as interim pastor of a local Presbyterian Church.I,too,attended Duke Divinity as well as Candler.glad I found your blog.Keep at it.

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    • Michael, Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I survived an only childhood with a vivid imagination. I’m indeed blessed to live in a small corner of paradise and work with a wonderful congregation. Be Blessed, Richard


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