Self-Portraits

Listen to Audio Herr and Frau Birkenfeld were our landlords in Witten, Germany. We rented a portion of the second story of their house while I was writing my dissertation at the Ruhr University in Bochum. They were a lovely retired couple and seemed like kindly substitute parents to us. From time to time they…

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Play It Like You Mean It

This is the final post in the series “Getting Our Bearings.” Missed the earlier posts? No problem. Click on the these links for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. I play guitar. These days, my skills have eroded from neglect.  Once upon a time, I spent hours working on bluegrass licks and…

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Do All Dogs Go to Heaven?

Listen to Audio I still miss Plato. Our Golden Retriever, that is, not the philosopher. He’s been gone a while now, but the rest of us in the family still frequently reminisce about him.  When we open a jar of peanut butter, one of us will mention how he always assumed that he was getting…

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Being Humpty Dumpty

Listen to the audio “What breaks your heart apart and open?” An interviewer with Work of the People recently asked Nadia Bolz-Weber that question. She paused before speaking to let the question sink in. We’re accustomed to politicians and celebrities who respond with prepared statements and a polished camera presence.  Most public figures have a…

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