Welcome to the website of Norvene & Doug Vest
Taking a cue from the title of one of Doug’s books, we hope you’ll enjoy “sauntering” with us through our various activities.
Our home is lovely Charlottesville, Virginia. All of the poems on our site have been written by Douglas. Our site speaks to the many meaningful facets of our mutual ministries, especially those of writing (we’ve authored/edited over 20 books!); workshops and retreat leadership; spiritual guidance; and an overall commitment to live in a contemplative manner, including a rhythm of action and rest, reflective reading and conversation, intellectural inquiry (Doug would call it just plain “curiosity” about the world), regular devotional time, and an attitude of thankfulness.
Within you will find some photographs of us, some of our Virginia home, and some evoking the Spirit. We hope these views and notes will bring you also the gift of shalom, the fullness of peace.
By the way, you may wonder what a “composury” is: it’s a word we created to describe the little out-building where Norvene had her office in our southern California home. Presumably not only did she compose books there, but she also experienced composure in its secluded setting! So we adopted the word as a key part of our collaborative name: Composury Colleagues.
Norvene & Doug Vest