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50 miles in the state parks

Last year we joined the Minnesota State Parks Hiking Club.  For $15.00 I got a book of all the state parks and a nifty fanny pack.  Every 25 miles of hiking we earn a patch.   Fifty miles doesn't sound like much, but we can only earn mileage at each state…

Crime

Our house got hit by gunfire twice this summer.  The first photo is a bullet hole in the frame of the window right where I sleep.  The next photo is a shotgun blast to our garage.  That shot went through the backyard and broke our kitchen window.  This damage to…

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…