The people in the room.

Sue and Greg were driving past Fort Wayne on a trip from Ottawa to Indianapolis. Sue mentioned on Twitter that they were stopping to see us. A person Sue has seen face-to-face and I have interacted with online said to greet us. I saw the tweet. A private directive was spoken in public. I reminded […]

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appreciation.

When I think about John Larson, I smile. He was my mom’s dad. He had a challenging immigrant’s life. He cleared land. He lost a wife. He married her sister, they had four daughters, they were married sixty-some years, they died the same day. He was the township treasurer for years, he took care of […]

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Don’t listen

“In 2016, the average person bought 60 percent more items of clothing and kept them for about half as long as 15 years prior..” That quote is from a magazine/catalog published by a high-end outdoor clothing company. Ironically, after reading that article, I read further and actually pondered buying a new recycled-fabric soft-sided suitcase. The […]

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You are forgiven.

“What are you asking God?” I said. I ask that question often when I’m in slow conversations with people. I don’t mean that I’m bored and so I toss out an odd question to shake things up. I mean the kind of conversation where I’ve left room for the other person to talk. And then […]

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