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As We See It

Never Enough

Gayle Boss This fading picture is of my mother and her three sons, from about 1966. It was in the boxes of my mom's papers and pictures that got sorted several weeks ago, after her death. I'm the one standing closest to her, the boy smiling too hard. I remember a day around the time this picture was taken, a school day when I discovered I didn't have a lunch. I was so angry. My little stomach rumbled and grumbled,…
Jeff Munroe
March 1, 2014
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Something to Eat

NOVEMBER 2012: AS WE SEE IT by Jeff Munroe Have you ever thought about how much food there is in the Bible? I'll admit I hadn't thought about it much until recently, when I spent a couple of days with Doug Worgul at the Buechner Institute of Faith and Culture at King College in Bristol, Tennessee. Doug Worgul has written a wonderful first novel called Thin Blue Smoke, a book about second chances, love and loss mingled among generous quantities…
Jeff Munroe
November 1, 2012
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Losing My Mother, One Memory at a Time

My mother holds a yellowed newspaper clipping in her hand as she answers the door. She stands wide-eyed looking at her grandson and says, "Are you Jesse?" "Yes, Grandma, I am." She lets us in, hugs us, and thrusts the newspaper clipping into my hand. It is an article from a 1969 edition of the Detroit Free Press about her father's retirement. "I thought you'd want to see this," she says. "It's been a long time since I've seen that…
Jeff Munroe
November 1, 2011
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Shades of Glee

After reading a Time magazine essay in which a youth minister described the television show Glee as "anti-Christian," I tuned in and watched. I was absolutely dumbfounded by what I saw, but not because it was any more "anti-Christian" than anything else on television. Indeed, I was far from offended and found Glee to be great fun. What took me by surprise was seeing that Glee is set in a place called William McKinley High School. My mind reeled as…
Jeff Munroe
May 1, 2011