Boys and their ideas

A whole crew of neighbor boys came over to the house yesterday to eat some fresh homemade chocolate chip cookie I was making.  While the boys were waiting for the cookies, they picked up my single squirt gun and started playing with it.  Then they started fighting about who gets…

Prison Theology

Yesterday I got a letter from a young man in prison. He write to me at least once a week, sometimes more often than that. A few weeks ago, he told me he was reading the Bible from cover to cover to see if its true. Based on his letter…

The glorious outdoors

On Wednesday I took Ahmed to Moir Park in Bloomington to make a bat house as part of an REI event.  We made a bat house and then went for a walk along 9-mile Creek.  We walked across some rocks into the creek to look inside a drainage pipe.  Ahmed…

Laundry — Egyptian style

Recently our dryer quit working.  That provided the final motivation for Kevin to make me a balcony clothesline.  In Egypt everyone dries their clothes on balcony clotheslines.  It's perfect.  It doesn't take up any space in the yard.  I hang clothes at waist level rather than having my arms extended overhead.…

Trash pickup with the kids

This is the fourth week we have organized the neighbor kids to do volunteer work to earn a picnic, s'mores, and kickball in the park.  I believe kids benefit when they earn rewards  -- work builds character, helps develop self-esteem and keeps them from developing an attitude of entitlement. Yesterday…

Darma caught a moth!!!

We took a vote this morning and decided to name our pet spider Darma.  She is truly an entertaining little spider.  Carlyle and I were out standing on a table watching her on Sunday while Kevin was watching the Viking game.  We both decided that watching Darma was a lot…

Drama on the corner

It started out as a run-of-the-mill 911 call.  A not-so-subtle drug dealer was out on the corner on a bike.  A Blazer pulled up and the guy dropped the bike and got into the car and went around the corner, right in front of my house.  I've got my trusty…

Meet the Felons

This is the next post I made to the forum. I've thought this exchange has been respectful and thoughtful too.  Every posts has highlighted an important dimension of the problem of crime in our neighborhood.  And I don't think anyone is advocating an extreme position.  Crime is a very complicated…

Wow I have readers

I've been sporadic in posting and didn't post for a few months so I thought I had lost all my readers.  But I discovered I have comments.  That's cool.  Now I've got to figure out how to approve them. I am a part of an e-democracy forum.  I hadn't posted…

Unending Heartbreak

In the last 24 hours what has happened?  Deshawn came over at 8:00 in the morning and said he was never staying at Ron's house again because they were all drunk and there is no food in the house.  That family is messed up.  There are six kids in that…

I feel like a hypocrite

This is not good.  Last year I went to the pro-life march at the state capital.  I protested in front of the abortion clinic in St. Paul.  I attended the service at the Cathedral before the march.  I helped Ken with his abortion installation at Solomon's Porch.  Abortion really is…

“I am an individual”

As I get older, I marvel at the ignorance and arrogance of  youth.  Maybe it's more than just the youth. If I was given the task of improving public education, I would start by teaching formal logic and rhetoric beginning in middle school.  And I would add thoughtful studies of…

Clarification

On my prior post I wrote about praying that Jesse would have a rotten time when he went out.  A friend suggested that praying that someone has a rotten time is not a Christian thing to do.   He suggested "we should pray that God and people will extend grace and…
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