Scrutinized Sentiments

Even for those few of us who aren’t glued to a video screen throughout the day monitoring the ‘news’ as presented by ‘legitimate’ news broadcasters and the millions of social media experts who riddle out brains with a never-ending flow of commentary on whatever they disagree with, it was difficult to avoid the now famous …

The Town by the Bend in the River

We posted a similar article in 2015.  Not much has changed in three years as we as a society continue to avoid looking around the bend in the river. In his 1999 book The Holy Longing, Ronald Rolheiser tells a story attributed to Dennis Connor, an associate professor at Gonzaga University.  Father Rolheiser says the story …

Kayak

With the Kinnickinnic River a short drive from the house and inspired by the thought that I can take my grandchildren on a grand adventure, I acquired a tandem kayak that is easily converted to a solo kayak.  Grandson Travis will be the first victim, but we will wait until summer vacation in just a …

Education: Path to a Better World

Eighteen months ago, Gail Rongen and I embarked on a direct giving program in Haiti.  Direct giving is risky business and it requires trust.  We accept the risk because we trust the young Haitians we work with.  Our choice is valid… Within the poverty and violence of Cité Soleil, a courageous group of young men …