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One constant in my life has been outstanding neighbors. I’ve had neighbors that have provided great conversations, companionship, good advice, childcare, animal care, emergency support, snow blowing, and shared resources.  Early in our marriage, we had a neighbor couple ask

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A Case Against God

I bought a copy of A Writer’s Diary by Virginia Woolf. She began the book by mentioning Christina Rossetti in her first entry1. Woolf says, “If I were bringing a case against God she [Rossetti] is one of the first witnesses

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Emerson: Self-Reliance

What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder because you

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Gentle on My Mind

I lack formal training in music other than a disastrous attempt to learn the clarinet in school. Or should I say, I was very successful at not learning the clarinet. Most of my music education came from having older siblings

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My wife, Janet, sent me a podcast from the Read-Aloud Revival about Jólabókaflóðið (Jolabokaflod).  Jolabokaflod Distilled: This is an Icelandic tradition. On Christmas Eve you give a new book to someone you care about. Then you curl up with a

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