Unity? You need me!

Unity? You need me!

Nearly six years and fifty-plus weddings into my second (fifth, eighth?) career as a wedding officiant, I have yet to participate in a unity candle lighting – and only two sand ceremonies. I’m okay with that. For many of the couples I work with, both of those rituals have slipped quietly into cliché’ status. For … Continue reading Unity? You need me!

Liturgical

Liturgical

Checking social media comes more easily when teaching from home. Without a steady stream of students in these odd times, I have ample time to do lesson planning and grading, kibbitz with colleagues, and to also dabble a bit in checking social media more than I ever would in a normal school day or environment. … Continue reading Liturgical

Bringing (back) the heat

Bringing (back) the heat

New Year’s Eve found me and my wife hanging out at home with our youngest son and a couple of neighbors. We ordered takeout from a favorite neighborhood restaurant, The Blue Door. Noted for their burgers and varietal tater tots, I am partial to their Buffalo wings – some of the best I have ever … Continue reading Bringing (back) the heat

The Christmas Pageant

The Christmas Pageant

Where are they now?  Every year around this time, I wonder. Speaking of wonder... Thirty years ago, I was involved with a small, urban Minneapolis Lutheran church. We were an aging congregation with only about fifteen kids (including toddlers) in our Sunday school on a regular basis, and this included three kids from one family … Continue reading The Christmas Pageant

Santa Fidelis

Santa Fidelis

"'Twas a Wednesday before Christmas, and all through the mall tho no children were present, this day topped them all..." Some twenty-five-plus years ago, I decided to pick up a few extra holiday dollars by taking a part-time job as a shopping mall Santa in suburban Minneapolis. As I was neither the natural size, age … Continue reading Santa Fidelis

Coffee for two

Coffee for two

I stopped this morning for a cup of coffee, a place I had never been. Nina’s is on the ground floor of what once was The Angus Hotel in the historic Capitol Hill area of St. Paul. Built in 1887 as a residential hotel the ornate structure followed the path of many others in anchoring … Continue reading Coffee for two

Eternal spring

Eternal spring

“You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.” – Former major leaguer & Author Jim Bouton Life is a scorecard; an encrypted story in exotic-to-the-unwashed hieroglyphs, easily and quickly translated by those versed in … Continue reading Eternal spring

“You’ll bob yer eye out, kid!” A Christmas Party Tale

“You’ll bob yer eye out, kid!” A Christmas Party Tale

The year was 1988. I was thirtyish and divorced, and a co-worker and I decided to become roommates, subsequently renting a small home in the Minneapolis suburb of Robbinsdale. Emphasis here on ‘small’. John Lloyd, my new roommate, had one prized possession that had to be a part of the new set up: a full-sized, … Continue reading “You’ll bob yer eye out, kid!” A Christmas Party Tale

History, in person

History, in person

I saw  Kamala Harris accept the nomination as her party's vice presidential candidate, I am again remindful of this moment in history, and how something so momentous would have been unthinkable not that long ago. Having watched Hilary Clinton accept her nomination for president four years ago, and now Ms. Harris accept her nomination, I … Continue reading History, in person

A Teacher’s Summer on the Road; Episode 2

A Teacher’s Summer on the Road; Episode 2

Editors note 08/05/2020: A little something from the Marchives.  I wrote this some six years ago, and today I ran across it again. Interesting to note how times have changed, and how two worlds (business, teaching) I once thought so dissimilar are now decidedly...not.  Random (like the weather) thoughts. Tattoos are all the rage.  Personally, … Continue reading A Teacher’s Summer on the Road; Episode 2

Our times

Our times

We the People know not of what we speak or of what the ubiquitous ‘others’ say, mean We the People have become a nation of naysayers with little rationale we deny climates, pandemics, others not like us who do not exist who do not deserve who do not conform who do not Our scientists, ridiculed … Continue reading Our times

He had it in the bag

He had it in the bag

A true tale of romance, in time for Valentine's Day... I spent the bulk of my thirties working at the Holiday Inn Metrodome in Minneapolis. The 260-room hotel was a very nice, well-run property right off the edge of downtown, and along with the usual array of business travelers and sports fans, it's setting in … Continue reading He had it in the bag