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Sunday Night Unplugged, a monthly meditation service offered by St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, will take an unusual turn this Sunday evening at 5 p.m. Rather than featuring a guest musician, the evening’s meditation will be punctuated by the poetry of Dave McDonough, accompanied by pianists Harvey Schwartz and Sally Neel.
McDonough, also known as Dave the Poet, came to Pagosa Springs from New Jersey. As an executive for Cisco Systems, he oversaw operations of half the state of New Jersey. On Sept. 11, 2001, from his office window, McDonough witnessed a national tragedy that would change his life forever — the collapse of the twin towers.
As a result of that traumatic event, McDonough sold everything he owned, bought a travel trailer and left the corporate world forever. He didn’t know where that journey would take him, but he knew he was being called to something different, something more profound, something spiritual. Writing became the vehicle through which he has found healing. The mountains and beauty of Pagosa Springs, along with the grace and kindness of new friends, have called him out of his pain, allowing him to express himself in new ways.
McDonough found his muse and his muse has revealed in him an amazing gift, one that before 9/11 he never knew he had. Since coming to Pagosa Springs, McDonough has produced well over 900 poems and songs, a dozen short stories and three screen plays. Words flow from him like a constant mesmerizing stream, a gift he shares freely with any and all who wish to hear. They are words of a man who has been on a profound journey in life, a journey that continues to awaken in him new truths, truths that he brings to his grateful listeners through his beautiful poetry and prose.
The theme of this week’s Sunday Night Unplugged will continue to center on life’s journey. The poetry that McDonough will read has been composed specifically for this service. Following the service of meditation, those in attendance will be offered the opportunity to walk the church’s outdoor labyrinth or sit quietly in the new outdoor meditation space located near the entrance of the labyrinth.
Sunday Night Unplugged is a monthly offering by St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. The service is free and open to all, regardless of one’s religious or nonreligious affiliation.