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had to cry today, and also run

A few days after seeing the fleeting supergroup Blind Faith perform in 1969, I awoke in the middle of the night with a song banging through my head. It was “Had to Cry Today,” the opening track of both the … Continue reading

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Keith Richards vs. the earworms: who will win?

There’s no telling when or why a song gets stuck in my head. One especially troubling instance happened in the summer of 1976, when I was a young man cavorting in England. Seemingly out of nowhere appeared a brief instrumental … Continue reading

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the Beatles still speak to us, though much has changed

Music lovers of all ages have been blessed to experience the era of the Beatles in real time. It’s sort of like, “Mozart? Oh yeah, I saw him when he was first playing gigs in Salzburg. Dude was incredible!” I … Continue reading

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a game ever green: memory, childhood and the abiding beauty of baseball

Besides being a wonderful game in itself, baseball has a way of connecting people across time, societal groups and generations. I recently presented a program about baseball’s beauty and community-creating qualities at the Catholic Information Center of the Grand Rapids … Continue reading

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time dissolves, with a dog on the porch

I was sitting on the porch of our cottage outside of Beulah, reading a book about the saints, when up came a volunteer friend: a chocolate-colored lab, friendly as you please. He clicked across the porch, nuzzled up to me … Continue reading

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in the morning, when we rise … that’s the time I love the best

These birds will not sit still for me. Or rather they won’t perch still on the feeder in my magnolia, just off the porch. It’s like they know I’m here with my phone camera trying to snap a picturesque shot, … Continue reading

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blessings for a day: donuts, kids and Marge

Community comes in many forms: parades, high school football games, music festivals. Today, I celebrate the community of Marge’s Donut Den. I was down there this morning for the 40th anniversary of this beautifully bustling place on 28th Street SW … Continue reading

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