Damned in Ohio

My immediate family was irreligious. My grandparents were raised in contradictory faiths, and their first grandchild was the singular blessing, the lone scandal, that could unite them in disbelief.

2023-12-27T12:12:51-05:00December 15, 2023|

Derby Season is Almost Over

The thing about derby fans and derby drivers and derby organizers is that they are incredibly “in” on the joke, whatever jokes that can be made about them and their chosen vocation.

2023-11-10T10:48:28-05:00November 6, 2023|

The Complexities of Jewish Identity

She made a choice in life, and I respect her right to choose to practice (or not practice) a religion that best suits her beliefs. That doesn’t mean I think a pastor should be speaking from a synagogue pulpit on Shabbat.

2023-09-20T09:23:41-04:00September 15, 2023|

Fly-Fishing in Michigan

Today, in easier times than those of the explorers on a religious mission and timber men in search of their fortunes, the Pere Marquette is spoken of in hushed tones by those who pursue fly-fishing for sport and amusement, rather than a necessary search for food.

2023-09-12T22:56:53-04:00September 2, 2023|

On Curiosity, Empathy, and the Flavor of Beer

As craft beer and other artisan food and beverage industries reckon with their lack of diversity and seek to court new demographics, this posture of reciprocal learning and the empathy and curiosity that go with it can serve as an invitation.

2023-08-22T09:21:42-04:00August 19, 2023|
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