Big Dig

Scenes seen while out for a Saturday afternoon bike ride around the ‘hood:

My hometown of Harbert, Michigan would appear to have its own grand canyon.  Actually, this is the box culvert project on Red Arrow Highway.

My hometown of Harbert, Michigan would appear to have its own grand canyon. Actually, this is the box culvert project on Red Arrow Highway.

A closer look at the Grand Canyon of Harbert.  Wow!

A closer look at the Grand Canyon of Harbert. Wow!

 

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Concrete Kneelers

CONCRETE KNEELERS

Spiritual Progress

by Charles McKelvy

I have developed more than a passing interest in this prison.

I have developed more than a passing interest in this prison.

When at Saint Dismas, do as the regulars do: kneel on the concrete floor.

That’s right—KNEEL ON THE CONCRETE FLOOR!!!!

As a first-time visitor to the parish church in the chapel of the Indiana State Prison at Michigan City named for the Good Thief, I was more than curious to see what posture the inmates and volunteer-visitors would assume for the Eucharistic Prayer. With no kneelers to serve them, I assumed they would remain standing.

Nope.

As soon as the Holy, holy, holy was history, the congregation dropped to their knees on the cold, concrete floor. Well, our knees, I because I was worshipping side-by-side with an inmate friend who I knew to be 70-something-and-then-some.

My friend has a few years me on me, a mere 60-something-and-then-some, so he set quite the example of humble piety by hitting that unforgiving concrete floor without hesitation. Plus, he has basketball knees from his glory days in high school.

Having been a low-impact swimmer in high school, my knees are just fine—thank you very much—so I had no excuse whatsoever.

WHATSOEVER!!!!

Well, I did have some reluctance and a few reservations. Just the thought of hitting that cold, concrete with my 60-something knees made me say ouch out loud.

But I had no real reason to remain standing when men with more years and fears than me hit the deck.

So I hit the deck.

And it wasn’t so bad.

Hard and cold, yes, but not so bad that it didn’t force me to focus my mind and body on the great mystery of transubstantiation unfolding before me.

So, yes, I hit the deck, and I am so glad I did, because kneeling on that cold, concrete floor next to a man with basketball knees enabled me to put a little personal sacrifice into the Eucharistic Prayer and to grow in love of the Lord and my brothers.

And when the Mass was ended and they applauded me for joining them that Sunday at Saint Dismas, I said that was all the encouragement I needed to return to the Church of the Good Thief and take another crack at their concrete kneelers.

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Tennis Lesson

Natalie is thumbs up on recovery and thumbs down on tennis.

Natalie is thumbs up on recovery and thumbs down on tennis.

(Bridgman, Michigan) With all the best intentions in the world, Natalie went to play tennis with us on Friday at the high school’s courts, and, when she backed up to return a lob, she tripped over her feet and fell on her right thumb and broke and dislocated it.  The first words out of her mouth were: “I broke my thumb!!”  She is, of course, right-handed, so she was none too happy to be motoring first to the walk-in clinic in Stevensville and then Lakeland’s emergency room in Saint Joseph to have her thumb set right.  I sat right there by her side as the nurse practitioner set Natalie’s thumb, and I can say she didn’t say a word.  Not one word.  That’s my amazing wife.  She is not only the love of my life, she is my role model.  She’s doing a lot better today, but she has sworn off tennis for the rest of her days, noting that she hadn’t played since high school and probably had no business being out there on the court with us.  Still, she showed great form before her fall.  And, when she is able, she will spend the rest of the fall riding her new bicycle, walking, and doing yoga.  No more tennis for Natalie.  Sorry, Charley.

Natalie will be making a date with her hand doctor on Monday.

Natalie will be making a date with her hand doctor on Monday.

 

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The Pond at Present

(Camp Hazelhurst, Michigan) This is our pond at present, but we have approved plans to restore it to its natural splendor. Just wait until next spring. Meanwhile, it's still easy on the eyes.

(Camp Hazelhurst, Michigan) This is our pond at present, but we have approved plans to restore it to its natural splendor. Just wait until next spring. Meanwhile, it’s still easy on the eyes.

We've moving from the planning stage to the action stage. Stay tuned.

We’ve moving from the planning stage to the action stage. Stay tuned.

A rarely seen view of the pond.  Again, stay tuned.

A rarely seen view of the pond. Again, stay tuned.

 

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The Bread Run

Natalie loads a loaf or two at the River Valley Senior Center on "bread day."  With two bikes, we can bring enough bread home for a week's worth of healthy eating. Thanks, River Valley Senior Center.

Natalie loads a loaf or two at the River Valley Senior Center on “bread day.” With two bikes, we can bring enough bread home for a week’s worth of healthy eating. Thanks, River Valley Senior Center.

 

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The Kingdom of Michigan

You will find this amazing mural in the Guardian Building at 500 Griswold Street in downtown Detroit, Michigan.  Built in 1928 and finished in 1929, the building was originally called the Union Trust Building.  It is now owned by Wayne County and serves as its headquarters.  Visit and behold!

You will find this amazing mural in the Guardian Building at 500 Griswold Street in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Built in 1928 and finished in 1929, the building was originally called the Union Trust Building. It is now owned by Wayne County and serves as its headquarters. Visit and behold!

 

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The Consummate Cyclist

Natalie savors a golden moment at Cherry Beach in cheery Chikaming Township, Michigan during a time-out from riding her new bike, Black Magic Woman.

Natalie savors a golden moment at Cherry Beach in cheery Chikaming Township, Michigan during a time-out from riding her new bike, Black Magic Woman.

 

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