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Take a Broader View

In a never ending quest for a wider lens on life, I visited the final resting place of my great, great, great grandfather, Moses Selleck, in Lind Center, Wisconsin — about 23 miles from Appleton and so remote that Garmin got lost. George Washington was president when he was born. In the War of 1812 he served for six days as a Vermont minute-man. True to his namesake, he twice led his family into an absolute wilderness — first, in extreme northern New York and second, in 1849 Wisconsin at age 56. He did not live to see it, but he would lose one of his sons to the Civil War. Another, wounds and confederate imprisonment made an invalid. I told…

Ordered Grace

Had lunch in an Amish farm kitchen a while back, with some Quaker pastors. Our Amish hostess had 12 children, 61 grandchildren, and counting. She looked remarkably cheerful for someone feminists would say is oppressed and reduced to baby making. The topic of shunning came up – which the Amish practice according to Mt. 18. Our hostess described one of her sons-in-law who abandoned his wife and seven children – “because he preferred a pick-up truck to his family.” His name was removed from the book containing the names of all the Amish community members within a square mile. The community pitched in to help the abandoned wife and children. A local Quaker pastor recently convinced the man to return…