For the fourth of July, my family went to Waukegan to see the fireworks over Lake Michigan. We live in Gurnee and have always eavesdropped on Six Flags’ fireworks, watching from outside the park. This was our first time navigating an Independence Day crowd.
When we got there, we drove around to check out where we could park and wound up in a big, mostly empty lot. Someone else was unloading a folding chair and cooler from his truck, so my husband walked over to ask his advice about the parking.
Turns out we were in a fine spot.
Our new friend, a middle-aged white man, gathered all his stuff and walked up to our car to keep chatting. He told us he’s lived in Waukegan all his life, that there is “so much opportunity here,” that he went to Waukegan public schools and he loves his hometown. Continue reading “Listening In Waukegan”
I’m trying to change. I’d rate my success as mediocre.
For the last decade or so I’ve been trying to become a runner. It’s a big change for me after a lifetime with the identity NOT ATHLETIC.
I played softball on my church youth group team because my dad was the coach. I watched the game from right field where I dropped my glove on the grass and made bracelets of clover.
I ran a mile in 6th grade for field day and vomited at the end.
I’ve tried several times to pick up running. I remember making a go of it in my early 30s and thinking maybe I’d run a marathon when I turned 40. I passed 40 in running shoes at a brisk walking pace. Continue reading “What Does it Take to Change?”
A drug dealer posed this business question to a graduate student: I have two competing deals on raw product (powdered cocaine). One offer is to pay 20% more than usual now, and get a 10% discount a year from now. The second deal is a 10% discount now if I agree to buy from him at the regular price a year from now.
In my (limited) experience, church people work together to connect with the world mainly in two ways: to tell about Jesus, and to share our money. Mostly, we give our money to other groups working to tell about Jesus or fight poverty.
Sharing Jesus and sharing money are good things to do. If you are doing these things, I support you.