Category Archives: Daily Life

Freighter From Mackinac Bridge

Last weekend a few of us went up to the Mackinac Bridge for the annual walk. The bridge was built in the 1950s, and it spans the Straits of Mackinac. The bridge connects the lower and upper parts of the … Continue reading

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Out of the Rubble

A pile of rubble sits in the backyard of Faith Fowler, director of Cass Community Social Services in Detroit. She lives in Corktown, the oldest neighborhood in the city. Without warning in January, the city bulldozed her hundred year old … Continue reading

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Ten Things that Make Me Smile

A simple blog post for a Monday. Ten things that make me smile: My wife’s laughter. The silence of trees. Children’s artwork. Spaces free of clutter. A message from a friend. Walking for miles. Blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Sunlight. A … Continue reading

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Moving Toward Shavasana

At Trestle Park on Saturday we dedicated a red maple tree in memory of a young man who died in January. His mother asked me to come. I read from the Psalms, ‘The Lord is your shade at your right … Continue reading

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Feeding Chickens

I woke this morning feeling anxious because Vacation Bible School starts on Monday. This is normal. VBS always goes fine, even with all its chaos and craziness. I went to church and helped with last minute VBS decorations. Then I … Continue reading

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Highlights On a Friday

Highlights on a Friday: 1. I walked four miles along an old route, passing through Beecher and Main. I walk now out of pleasure and fear. I enjoy the act of walking itself, and I am terrified that if walking … Continue reading

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Simple Joys

I stood under an old locust tree at Maple Stadium for Adrian High School’s graduation. Or as natives say, Adr’n. Midway through the ceremony I texted a friend, “There is a lot of blah blah at graduation when all you … Continue reading

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Maple Maumee Loop

Maple and Maumee run parallel through town, but on the east and west ends they cross one another, forming the Maple Maumee Loop. Which I walked this Memorial Day, 5.4 miles in 1:18. I spent some of the time assessing … Continue reading

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Things That Are Seen

In the balcony today there were workers on scaffolding changing the light bulbs. There is no other safe way to reach those lights. While they were working, I was in the Youth Room singing, worshipping, and meditating on 2 Corinthians … Continue reading

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Monday Margarita

A home visit today, plus a funeral, hospital call, and news that a dear parishioner has died in hospital in Hillsdale. It was good that I could decompress later over a margarita with my wife and friends. Daily walking, practicing … Continue reading

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Everyday Superstars

I had the oil changed on my car today at Lentz Automotive. I was standing at this counter to pay my bill, reading a thank you letter sitting under the glass. The woman who wrote it thanked them for taking … Continue reading

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My Purpose

I went to an oral surgery office today, where they have pictures of boats in the waiting room. They removed three of my wisdom teeth, the fourth having been taken out 30 years ago. My dentist urged me to do … Continue reading

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Shopping As Hell

Ann Althouse on how shopping at Target, a large retail store, is like being in Hell. But I do understand the feelings of dissociation that can envelope you in a store, especially a large store with long aisles full of … Continue reading

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Eeyore Watch

I turned 50 on Monday, and my wife gave me an Eeyore watch as a gift. Since my father named me Christopher Robin, I have long loved the stories of the 100 Acre Wood, and the character I resonate with … Continue reading

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Earthworm

This morning I walked four miles on the upper trail, the part above M-52. I parked in the LISD lot. LISD is the office of the Lenawee Intermediate School District. While walking I meditated on 1 Corinthians 3, and I … Continue reading

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What Is Owed

Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. Romans 13:7

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A Tree With Many Trunks

The day began before dawn at Island Park with an Easter Service led by my wife. She included the ‘kindling of a new fire,’ which we used to light candles to represent the light of resurrection. It was a beautiful … Continue reading

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Scrabble

I delivered Meals on Wheels this morning. In the afternoon I made three home visits. That makes 33 visits so far this month. A visit happens at home, hospital, or occasionally at church. At a restaurant sometimes too. At the … Continue reading

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At Embers

At Embers bar and grill in Tecumseh this evening, where a psychic sat in the next booth, read cards, and told people about themselves. It felt odd to have a psychic and NASCAR in the same room, now that I … Continue reading

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Time In the Shelter

Jesus loves you, but only in groups of 41 or less. The rest he will love later. This is the far wall at the homeless shelter our congregation is staffing this week. I am spending a lot of time in … Continue reading

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