Monthly Archives: July 2012

Summer of Peace

Milwaukee’s Summer of Peace celebrated its tenth anniversary yesterday.  Founded by Tanya Cromartie and Fidel Verdin it is geared toward the idea of ending urban violence and promoting peace in the lives of Milwaukee youths.  Starting with a parade filled … Continue reading

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For the Heroes

In a rare show of empathy over the power of sports Rod Erickson, the President of Penn State University, had an iconic statue of long-time football coach Joe Paterno removed this morning.  In a statement he said, “I believe that, were it … Continue reading

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A Common Occurrence

When I woke up this morning to the news of a shooter opening fire in a movie theater crowded with fans, young and old, my heart sank.  My immediate thought, besides an overarching sadness for the victims and witnesses, was a profound sorrow … Continue reading

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Lake Monona Water Walk

About a year ago I first heard of some Native American grandmothers walking through Wisconsin to raise awareness of water issues.  At the time I was busy and could not consider trying to catch even a small part of it.  Yet, … Continue reading

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Countering Hate

On Friday members of Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church are scheduled to be in my city for a protest at the courthouse.  A counter rally is scheduled to greet them.  Pretty much everywhere they go around the country they are … Continue reading

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Toward a More Perfect Union

America, I have some issues to discuss with you before I can celebrate you. There is much you have accomplished that has been inspiring and there is much that you have done that is cause for shame.  As a nation you … Continue reading

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Something Larger

Years ago when I first stood at the rim of the Grand Canyon I could not help but be struck by the realization of my own smallness in the world.  The existential and agnostic aspects of my personality could easily take something like … Continue reading

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