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Damned in Ohio

By |December 15, 2023|Essays|

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.

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The Mennonite Verse of Julia Spicher Kasdorf

By |November 28, 2023|Essays|

“Mennonites have not been in the habit of changing details to suit the story: from our very first confessions of faith we've expected language to be a useful, solid bucket to hold truths as clear as water.”

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Derby Season is Almost Over

By |November 6, 2023|Essays|

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.

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Fly-Fishing in Michigan

By |September 2, 2023|Essays|

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.

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