A Reason to be Kind

This past weekend Tracy and I went up to Grand Rapids, MN. Saturday we attended the Grand Rapids/KAXE Riverfest music festival. We heard some great music from Wild Horses (new MN band), Chastity Brown, Shovels & Rope, and Wilco. It was a beautiful day with good friends in Northern MN. All around lovely. Sunday weContinue reading “A Reason to be Kind”

What if We Had This Hope?

What if…What if the young woman did not fear an unknown attacker?What if the child did not fear the stranger?What if the teen did not fear their bullying peer?What if the black man did not fear the police?What if the Anishinaabe woman did not fear her abduction?What if the refugee did not fear those chargedContinue reading “What if We Had This Hope?”

It’s a Neighborly Day in the Beautywood

At the urging of a friend, Tracy and I went to see A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood last night. This movie is actually not a biopic about Fred Rogers. It is more about an Esquire reporter, identified with the pseudonym Lloyd Vogel in the movie, assigned to write the biography of Fred Rogers forContinue reading “It’s a Neighborly Day in the Beautywood”

The Cost of Freedom

Veteran’s Day got me thinking about what divides us. Not the norm I know, but hear me out. If you watch the news and observe social media, it appears U.S. citizens are at each other’s throats—which of course some are, but that is not my daily experience. Instead, I find kind and decent folks whoContinue reading “The Cost of Freedom”