The Lungs of Madrid

I’ve never been to Central Park in New York. I hear it is an exceptional green space in a city dominated by concrete and skyscrapers. The city of Madrid is another large city that is blessed with a magnificent green space called Retiro Park. With its 15,000 trees and sculpted gardens it is known as…

Mosaics of the MAN

One of the many gems of the city of Madrid is the Museo Arqueologico Nacional, aka, the MAN. The museum features an outstanding collection of artifacts from pre-historic times up to the modern era. I had visited this museum before but somehow managed to miss one of the museum’s greatest treasures, its collection of mosaics.…

What To Expect When You Get Married By Your Brother

Professional clergy persons call them “official acts.” Folks who go for online ordination might call them “the big three”: weddings, baptisms and funerals. After four years of college and four years of seminary in order to qualify for ordination in my church denomination, and 30+ years of professional ministry which included officiating at countless official…

Bank Robbery – Sort of

There is more than one way to rob a bank. Let me explain. Time and weather had taken their toll on the interior of the Wells Fargo Bank in downtown Owatonna, robbing it of its amazing beauty. So the bank embarked on extensive renovations that involved placing an elaborate system of scaffolding and platforms throughout…