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- October 13, 2021
- Ivan Moore
There is a moment in the musical sensation Hamilton that has always made me laugh. During the song, “It’s Quiet Uptown,” which is one of the more profound moments in the play, as we are coming to realize that Hamilton and Eliza are reconciling, the chorus chimes in, “FORGIVENESS.” It is the lack of subtly in this lyric that cracks me up. In this quiet moment that converges these two central characters’ arcs, it is as if the choir turns to us to exclaim, “DO YOU GET IT? SHE IS...
- October 10, 2021
- Ned Erickson
I was so freaking stressed. Has that ever happened to you? Being so freaking stressed? Well, it was happening to me a few weeks ago. It was because I was in this situation where I was completely out of control. My fate was in somebody else’s hands. There was nothing I could do about it.
It was stressing me out. I was losing sleep. And when I was sleeping, I was having stress dreams. It was frustrating I tell you.
And who was I getting frustrated at? God.
See. I believe he is...
- September 15, 2021
- Ned Erickson
One summer, I took several high school friends of mine to British Columbia for a week of sea kayaking through the Princess Louisa Inlet. A yachting magazine had recently ranked the area the most beautiful place in the world. Baby seals, bald eagles, salmon the size of your arm – it was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of trip. And we got to live it for seven days.
The night before we returned to base camp, one of the guys and I stayed up late on the rocks to talk about what following...
- August 31, 2021
- Ivan Moore
How long would you think it would take to determine whether a person deserves to live or not? According to writer/director Edson Oda, it could be done in about Nine Days. In this feature length directorial debut, Oda creates a world between worlds where potential people are evaluated on their ability to participate well in this thing called life. It’s a smaller film that asks some pretty big questions about what makes life worth living and how, in a fallen world, even the best of us get torn down. It’s...
- August 30, 2021
- Guest Writer
Isn’t it funny how some moments stay with you for a lifetime? Our oldest just started her first year in middle school this year. This has brought back a lot of the memories from when I started middle school, or “junior high” as we called it back in the ‘80s and our typical Chicago suburb.
Every morning, my brother and I were running out the front door to jump in the car as we headed off to school. First, we dropped my brother off by the baseball field at...
- August 25, 2021
- Lori Travers
As I stared at a UPS parcel delivered to my door, I kept wondering what in the world I ordered this time! Noticing that it was addressed to me and the return address label was the same, it took me a second to realize that the sender didn’t want to be identified. Carefully sliding the sharp edge of scissors across the seal, I opened it to find a multitude of fun beauty item samples along with a card that said: “To Lori…I miss you…Love, your secret Pal.”
Sometimes encouragement comes in...