Wisdom, Irrelevance, Custer’s Example

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I was labelled “wise” by the new leader of my last workplace.  The label was a euphemism for irrelevant.  Her vision was transformation through metric-driven, tech-savvy efficiencies. I thought it was the right vision.  So I retired.  I wasn’t pushed … Read More

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Strippers in church

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Strippers from Casa Diablo, a vegan strip club (only-in-Portland?) were in church and part of the sermon/dialogue a few weeks ago.  The minister preaches – and practices—radical inclusion.  His stewardship sermon last Sunday was Please don’t Give Us Money, if … Read More

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The missing child

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When people ask how many children I have, I hesitate.  The answer is two, a bio child and adopted child, but it is easier to say “one.”  Like other simple questions in idle chat, the answer is messier than social … Read More

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Hitch-hiking

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Ken Kesey’s bronze statue cozied up to me On that bench in Eugene.  I knew Further, That painted Urge to trip across country, Thumb out, backpack on. I jumped a 6-foot fence in Minnesota, State trooper’s light flashing, Left a … Read More

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Muse

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I loved watching the current documentary on Leonard Cohen and Marianne for all the reasons it is easy to love a sun-drenched Greek island, blue Aegean Sea, artistic life of writing and drinking wine and making love, and imagine yourself … Read More

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