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Psalm 86: Loving the Not Yet

 August 21, 2019

Pierre Tielhard de Chardin, a French priest and theologian who lived in the first half of the twentieth century, integrated science and theology with the spiritual exercises of Ignatius. One of the concepts of Tielhard is loving the “not yet,” the potential, the future. We love people as they are now, but also love the […]

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Accepting that which you don’t want to Accept

 August 19, 2019

Few things are more difficult for two people to do than accept things they don’t like about each other. “Why do you let that bother you?” someone once asked when I complained. I thought for a long time before I realized the answer: I didn’t know why I let it bother me. It did no […]

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Psalm 85: Aiming for Heaven

 August 14, 2019

There is a new sense of time that can come with age:  gero-transcendence, or climbing over, transcending, age. Memories of past events from childhood seem like only yesterday. They are as real now as when they first happened. You can hold the past and present together in a new way you couldn’t before. The veil […]

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Sleeping Bear Dunes

 August 12, 2019

Her husband regales the kids with the story of the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes as they drive, much as her dad had told her. They climb the dunes, up and down, then she sits at the bottom with the baby as he climbs up and down, over and over, and beyond, with the older two. […]

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King Lear – Looking for a Happier Ending!

 August 8, 2019

Anyone who knows anything about Shakespeare, knows that his comedies end in marriages and his tragedies in death—not just one death but multiple deaths. I’ve studied King Lear in college and seen other productions. I know how it ends, yet, during this year’s production of King Lear at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, I found myself […]

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Psalm 84: How Lovely is your Dwelling Place

 August 7, 2019

Where is your Temple? Where do you find God? For the writer of Psalm 84, the answer to these questions is easy, the Temple in Jerusalem. This Temple is all of this and more. It was magnificent and beautiful, inspiring awe in all who entered its gates. Psalm 84 Psalm 84 starts by singing her […]

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Sunrise Over the Lake

 August 5, 2019

Honeymoon at Lake Huron. We walk along the shores, swim in the waves, watch the sunrise while sipping coffee. Gulls swoop down looking for tidbits of food. Rays of pink seep through the clouds until the sun bursts through in a flash of glory. We skip back into each other’s arms. Day has begun. Our […]

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Endings and Beginnings – Marriage Moments

 August 1, 2019

This past month, Marriage Matters Jackson closed its doors. I’ve been part of this organization for more than twelve years. Over the years I’ve served on the initial advisory committee, chaired the religion and faith subcommittee, volunteered at many events, and served on the board for seven years. I also wrote two short books of […]

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Psalm 83: Paranoia or Reality? When God is Silent.

 July 30, 2019

It’s only paranoia if your fears are not based in reality. Are the fears expressed in Psalm 83 real or paranoia? What do you do when God appears to be silent? Do you imagine the worst? Psalm 83 Psalm 83 starts with the people calling to God, trying to wake him up. The people are […]

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Michigan Shakespeare Festival – 25 Years!

 July 26, 2019

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is celebrating 25 years in existence.  I’ve been attending the Festival (formerly the Jackson Shakespeare Festival) for the past 23 years, missing only one year in that time. In celebration of 25 years, I’m sharing some of my memories of those early days. Jackson Shakespeare Festival, 1996 It was the quintessential […]

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