Monthly Archives: August 2017

Grocery Shipping

Thank you, Meijer corporate employee or higher-up store manager for the kind gift.  While shopping with my two daughters who were strangely mostly-well-behaved shoppers last week, you approached me in the ethnic foods aisle. Maybe I looked tired, or overwhelmed. … Continue reading

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Aromatics, Part I: You had me at “the blessing of the backpacks”

“You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” –David, Psalm 23:5 The website for our nearest United Methodist Church outpost had this curious write-up: Blessing of the Backpacks: August 27th during the 10:30 a.m. service. Bring your backpacks to … Continue reading

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the maimed and miraculous

“And I dreamed I saw the bombers / Riding shotgun in the sky / And they were turning into butterflies / Above our nation” –Joni Mitchell, “Woodstock” “Jesus, as a mother you gather your people to you; you are are … Continue reading

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Umatilla Marble

“But let justice roll down like waters / And righteousness like an overflowing stream.” Amos 5:24, NASB On the first Saturday in May my spouse and I worked with the Grand Rapids Urban Forest Project and Seeds of Promise planting … Continue reading

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To Pick a Peck

The work shift starts in ten minutes–past the orchard, the vineyard and over the tracks–  seven-tenths of a mile from here.  In so little time there will be the collection of payment for services rendered, the endless Swiffering of hair … Continue reading

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Tree Man

For at least 25 years I’ve been doodling trees–in margins of notebooks in high school English, on my flared jeans in Sharpie during Survey of the Old Testament in college.  Near home in Tinley Park, Illinois, there was one particular … Continue reading

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Confessions of the Tarred and Graveled

“Be hospitable to one another without complaint. As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:9 NASB I went to bed unsettled last … Continue reading

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