In this guest blogpost, Katie Laine, my childhood friend, tells the story of her German stepmother, whose family faced Fascism during World War II. ____________ THROUGH MY MOTHERS’ EYES All that came to be in my life began with what occurred to my two mothers. In 1949 my birth mother, paternal grandmother and paternal great-grandmother were killed…

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Psychiatrist Lawson Wulsin is a member of my writers’ group. I value his senses of balance and humor, especially in this crazy coronavirus time. His book Treating the Aching Heart: A Guide to Depression, Stress, and Heart Disease is a comprehensive study of heart disease, and his Mind Matters columns in the Cincinnati Enquirer are worth…

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A few weeks ago in Zoom church, Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship prayed the Lord’s Prayer, Psalm 23. Since it is part of a lectionary tradition, a great number of churches re-examined this psalm, as well.  Photo by Jared van der Molen on Unsplash In our small church, we ask different congregants to give the Sunday welcoming…

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Hello, All. My friend, Diane Gottlieb, is an expert blogger. She writes the blog WomanPause. WomanPause is about life after 50, and Diane explores everything from invisibility to the she-ro. With her background in creative nonfiction, Diane is a consummate interviewer, and she makes the most of her guests’ unique perceptions about life. I’m honored…

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Friends, in this time-out of taking care of my husband and dear friend in the aftermath of his heart attack: ___________________________________________________ while the world comes to terms with a pandemic: (New York Times, March 18, ‘These Places Could Run Out of Hospital Beds as Coronavirus Spreads’) ____________________________________________________ I offer this thoughtful poem by my niece,…

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Recently, a friend and fellow blogger, Diane Gottlieb, asked me about my Anabaptist background. Diane writes the wonderful blog WomanPause, regarding women in the glorious years. Her questions made me think of a memory I wrote in response to J Daniel Hess’s presentation at one of the previous Mennonite Arts Weekends. The Weekend is coming up again in a few…

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“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion. Bewilderment brings intuitive knowledge.” Rumi I did want to write about whether Christians must believe in the virgin birth to be christian. Wouldn’t it be a great exercise in Courage to tackle that subject during this season? I thought. What would I find and how…

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What then must we do? Twice per month, our urban church hosts a community meal. I admire the planners, cooks, servers, clean-up crews, and especially those who sit and talk to the people who come in. By now, it is a tight-knit group with steady attendance. Meals are not only served but packed up for…

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She is skeleton-skinny, and her face has the acne marks of the heroin user. She’s clever, but she talks too fast and her eyes bore in. I ask around at church and find that she has a different story for everyone: needs cash for a bus to pick up her car, needs cash for the…

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