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Along the Path

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Which begins at the edge of the parking lot Easing me into wilderness Conveying me from almost prairie Into something like wooded seclusion Where I’m surrounded by oak and ash and maple sunlight dappling the ground Viceroys commingling with grasshoppers … Continue reading

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Shared Sacrifice

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We are all capable of great goodness, and yet we are all complicit in the killing of our neighbors. Everything we do, in some way, harms the world and the people around us. We buy soap, which contains chemicals that … Continue reading

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What is Good?

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What does it mean for something to be good? It seems pretty simple on the surface. Everybody knows what “good” means, right? Except that it’s actually a pretty difficult question to answer. Philosophers have struggled with it for centuries. The … Continue reading

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The Gold Doubloon

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You might not believe this but I found a gold doubloon the other day – an old Spanish coin dated 1537. It had been dented by a musket ball fired at Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor. How do I … Continue reading

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Our Faith Is Our Downfall

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Most of us believe strongly in either God or Science. A few of us believe strongly in both. That ought to be a comfort, but it really isn’t. Christians see the world through the framework of the Bible, Muslims through … Continue reading

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Summer Heatwaves

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Here we are in the swelter of a Minneapolis summer, temperatures reaching the 90s, dewpoints in the 70s, humidity suffocating, hot breezes offering no more than the hope of relief as they ripple across our bodies while we pretend they’re … Continue reading

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Waiting

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Lately I’ve been feeling like I’m waiting for something, as if some important event is about to happen and I need to be prepared for it, but not knowing what that event might be makes it difficult to gather the … Continue reading

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Summer Memories

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As a kid in the upper Midwest, I used to revel in summer. I looked forward to the last bell of school and the opportunity to wend my way through my days with minimal structure for the next three months. … Continue reading

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The Garden Seal

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I got a garden seal the other day. I’d been looking forward to it for quite some time, having ordered it months ago, and it finally came, shipped by FedEx and left on my front stoop, blocking the door. I … Continue reading

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The Dandelion Yard

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People put a lot of attention into their yards, using them as a way of defining themselves and a way of presenting themselves to the world. Yards aren’t just yards for most people; they’re statements. They plant shrubs and flowers, … Continue reading

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