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A Conversation With An Iris

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Imagine the stories of the irises in my parent’s backyard. The yard that was once my yard. Deep purple with a whisper of violet and a golden backbone. Their genealogy can be traced to my great-grandmother’s garden. They have been fed by 100 years of soil and rain. 100 winters they have slept in silence. They have survived the frost …

Wisdom Through Awful Grace: Reflections on Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, and a Landmark for Peace

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Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.      Aeschylus Indianapolis was my first grown-up city. Indianapolis was the first place I lived after I graduated from college. Indianapolis was the first place I rented my own apartment. I …

NEEAAReSt and Dearest: Bark The Herald Angels Sing

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Dear NEEAARest and Dearest: Imagine hundreds of dogs dressed in their festive finest. Imagine cozy streets lined with cheering crowds passing out treats as a parade of dogs passes by. Imagine dogs entering and exiting bars and having their names spoken like bar regulars. This is the Reindog scene. When I lived in Cincinnati,  I attended several Reindog Parades with …

The Real Meaning of Christmas: Lessons from a 4 Year-Old

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I interviewed my best friend Tahra’s 4 year-old son Eustace via Skype Saturday morning. Tahra and I had talked about the way she and her husband are trying to teach Eustace about the real meaning of Christmas. Our conversation got me thinking about the questions I have about Christmas. So, I thought it might be helpful to ask Eustace. He …