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Like many online sharing services that have emerged, at first I was not quite sure how best to use Flickr back in 2009 when I signed up for the free version. But little by little I have grown accustomed to what is can and cannot do well. …


After four August nights in a tent in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, I can say that the spartan way of overnighting away from city amenities has many virtues, but the sigh of relief after getting home can almost bring tears of domestic contentment: unpacking, luxuriating in one’s own shower and the…


As a mostly non-fiction reader and writer, the lands of literature and poetry are foreign places I have not visited very much. On the other hand, living in a foreign place and language I have done more than many of my peers, family, and friends. Getting outside one’s own language…


Image of document with four subheadings (how God works in the world; faith and science; faith and society; faith and practice) that comes from church member survey to invite questions about the Christian faith tradition to be answered in the 2021 summer series of weekly sermons.
Compilation of church member questions sent to the pastor as 2021 summer sermon series fodder

Partly as an effort to make church life more participatory and less a spectator experience, Pastor Olson at the congregational church in rural mid-Michigan invited members and friends who attend the weekly worship services to send him their questions about just about anything related to the religious traditions, teachings, and…


cellphone stopwatch numbers in close-up, shot at slow shutter speed to blur the digits: white digits on blue background
Counting the time by cellphone app, but biological time moves in pulses.

Number Our Days by Barbara Myerhoff takes up the subject of death and dying in the final years of her own premature demise, written from the point of view of an anthropologist working with elderly people on the U.S. West Coast. She adapted this non-fiction film (1976) into a book…


Hiking uphill on the North Country Trail on January 9, 2021 near Lowell, Michigan

Ecclesiastes famously reminds readers “there is a season” for each part of a life. But the same can be said for the many phases in caring for a pet from its earliest months to its final…


The planet is not flat, so this 3-D model is most accurate view of locations to visit or daydream about.

Since time immemorial people have moved about, attracted by resources like food or spiritual supplies (red ochre for burial customs; frankincense) or for the purpose of social networking. Or the travel may be compulsory: they have been forced to pick up their things by command or force. Or they flee…


Street scene 11/2020, “Being Evicted” list of rights and resources for impending homelessness due to Covid-19

After four decades of picture-taking, how did I arrive at this point in 2020, still hankering for a camera just a little better than the one in hand right now? The answer comes into sharper focus upon reflection in this essay.

From 1979 to 1999 my photography was entirely film-based…


My eye has fallen on a macro lens as the second attachment to my APS-C digital camera. Knowing the seductions of “gear acquisition syndrome” (G.A.S.) that some camera enthusiasts talk about, I ruminated off and on for weeks before rationalizing the hunt for the 30mm macro lens (SEL30m35). Relatively speaking…


archival black and white photo of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave White House
ca. 1880–97, White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: loc.gov/resource/det.4a03951 Visionary or retrospecting?

Leading a group of people or an entire nation is a big job not suited to small minds, weak shoulders, or small hands since all these things are needed to shape and move heavy burdens of responsibility for those alive today and for those yet to come in the generations…

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