July 2016

A reflection on our times -- A letter in defense of Donald Trump

Friend to many of us, Paula Voelkel, is a thinker. She emailed these thoughts to some of her friends. I think her take on Donald Trump is far wiser and curious than much of what I read about him (I have been reading too much). I asked Paula if I could share it here and she said yes.
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From Paula Voelkel:

I am not a supporter of Donald Trump, but I am grateful for his role in revealing this country to itself.

220-Year Old Rules for Developing a Strong Community, As Laid Down by a Competitive Honeymooner.

I have been reading “William Cooper’s Town; Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic” by Alan Taylor. Alan Taylor is an expert in Colonial history; he teaches at the University of California-Davis.

The real life figure of William Cooper was the real life father of James Fennimore Cooper, who wrote “The Pioneers”, a thinly disguised novel of his father’s complicated life.

Skin Deep

Last night, realizing it was pleasant outside; we turned off the air conditioning and opened the windows. Len went for a bike ride while I lounged on the sofa, under the paddle fan, reading a low-quality book with a premium smile on my face.

There is that delicious moment when you turn off the manufactured cool air… Ahhh…

What’s outside – sweet or stinky, loud or quiet, beautiful or stupid - wafts in and around you. It’s almost a religious moment as your skin does its incarnational thing, resuming human life in the given world.

DO Something

City cemetery tree

Between my first and second years of seminary I took a job as the director of a day camp in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. This was one of the most awful and wonderful summers of my adult life.