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I recently read a message I’d given in 1984 and felt a mixture of embarrassment and surprise. Embarrassed because it seems inadequate now, and surprised by how much my worldview has changed. Twenty-five years from now, I might read these messages and have a similar reaction. I offer no guarantee that my work or words will endure the eroding effects of time. I can only assure you these thoughts have been helpful to me, and perhaps a few others, today. With that qualification, I offer them to you.

~ Philip

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How Shall We Live Together (5)

How Shall We Live Together (5)

When I was seven years-old, my mother began teaching at St. Susanna School in Plainfield. Up until then she had enjoyed a life of leisure raising five small children. Five kids born in six years, she being Catholic, and the times being what they were. Mom had attended...

How Shall We Live Together (4)

How Shall We Live Together (4)

When I was 18 years-old I began attending Plainfield Friends Meeting, after the young women at Danville Friends Meeting kept telling me the two things no young man wants to hear─You’re like a brother to me, and I just want to be your friend. So I began attending...

How Shall We Live Together (3)

How Shall We Live Together (3)

We’ve been thinking about the characteristics of responsible nations, and today I want to talk about the difference between can’t and won’t.  Something happened to me last week that brought this to mind. I was driving on Road State 39, south of Danville, and a man...

How Shall We Live Together (2)

How Shall We Live Together (2)

Joan and I were out for a drive this past week and went past the house where my family lived until I was 9. There was a chokeberry tree in the fence row which had somehow escaped the developer’s bulldozer when the neighborhood was built. Since it was the only place...

How Shall We Live Together (1)

How Shall We Live Together (1)

Well, it’s good to be back with you. I thank you for the expressions of concern we received when you learned Joan was ill and I had been placed in charge of her care. I know you weren’t implying anything negative about my abilities, but were simply affirming your love...

What I Remembered and What We Can Be

What I Remembered and What We Can Be

I’ve been thinking about families this month, what with the marriage of our younger son Sam to his fiancé Kelsea on June 17th, which was also Father’s Day. In the hustle and bustle of their wedding, they forgot to get me a Father’s Day present, which I will let slide...

On Being Awake

On Being Awake

After my mother died and my father got kicked out of the assisted-living center for smoking in the bathroom—now that right there is a sentence I never thought I’d say—I was carrying Dad’s mattress up a flight of stairs to his new apartment and hurt my back.  I...

I’ve Been Thinking About The Children

I’ve Been Thinking About The Children

Last Sunday was our first Mother’s Day without Mom, which I was dreading, until Joan told me to snap out of it. There are benefits of long-time marriages, and one of them is candor, knowing someone well enough to speak bluntly, and putting the hay down where the goats...

Life Is This Simple

Life Is This Simple

Chris Gautier and his men’s group stayed at our farm last weekend and phoned to report that a large family of mice had taken up residence in the house, so I drove down on Tuesday, stopping at Menards to purchase a variety of traps and poisons. It occurred to me, as I...

Kitchen Tables, Temples, and Where God Lives

Kitchen Tables, Temples, and Where God Lives

When Joan and I were first married, we needed a kitchen table but couldn’t afford one, so I went to the lumberyard, bought some wood, and made one. We ate on it for years, until I needed a table for my office, which is where it is now, stacked with books and papers....

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