HEARTSONGS: The Story of Matti Stepanek Will Knock Your Socks Off

Requiem in SeaOh, to call the conch my home . . . Stormy-smoothed tunnels of Kaleidoscope walls spiraling into Pearl-shimmered dyes, Ever-changing with the light Of the sun, of the moon, Of the tide, and the gloaming, And surging, and sighing,Of the sea . . . Of that space That calls to me Beyond the Polished Pier, Beyond the now, and here.Echo of ocean breath, Silhouette of Light, Indescribable description Passing, mortal fathoming. Passion, ebbing into solace, Upon … [Read more...]

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WHERE THE LOVE OF GOD GOES: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Does anyone know where the love of God goes When the waves turn the minutes to hours…--Gordon Lightfoot, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” It was circa July 1973, and my husband and I—young, free-wheeling and in love, with more dreams than experience—embarked on a driving trip through upper Michigan.  We’d never been much farther north than Lansing at that point.  We pitched a tent along the way, getting to know Grayling and Mio, the Au Sable River and the Traverse City wine country, fi … [Read more...]

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PURGATORY AND PRESUMPTION: Please Don’t Forget to Pray For Me!

The news this week has been full of celebrity passings:Rev. Sun Myun Moon, founder of the Unification Church and self-proclaimed messiah, dead at 92. Michael Clarke Duncan, Academy Award-nominated star of “The Green Mile”, dead at 54 after suffering a myocardial infarction back in July 2012. Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, passed away August 25 at the age of 82. Phyllis Diller, one of the great women of comedy, died August 20 at the age of 95. Helen Gurley Brown, u … [Read more...]

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