Tag: Courage

What, me worry? In search of a more perfect union at Democracy’s crossroads in Wisconsin

What, me worry? In search of a more perfect union at Democracy’s crossroads in Wisconsin
Throughout the hideousness that was this recent ‘election cycle’, I would often meditate on the presence of a charming little building out in the middle of what almost could seem like nowhere, deep in the Wisconsin driftless. Thinking about it kept me sane. Wisconsin’s first capitol in Belmont. I visited the site in February of... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 25

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 25
A little Rumi wisdom from my pilgrimage to Lake Michigan today. To borrow from another favorite, G. B. Shaw: “This is the true joy of life.” Stay on the focus. Stick to the plan…  Some things are the imperative. The One Thing You Must Do There is one thing in this world you must never... Read more »

Over the River and Through the Wood: Thanksgiving, Pilgrimage and Gratitude

Over the River and Through the Wood: Thanksgiving, Pilgrimage and Gratitude
As I make my Thanksgiving trek – over the river and through the wood (such as it is), I’m thinking about pilgrimage and gratitude. I think about the idealism of that song, the aspirations we hold in our hearts as we plan our gatherings. And I think about courage in the face of adversity. Thanksgiving,... Read more »
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My Dad Survived a Plane Crash and Now He's 90: WWII Veterans and Courage

My Dad Survived a Plane Crash and Now He's 90: WWII Veterans and Courage
Walter John Chilsen, my dad, survived a plane crash in the fight for Iwo Jima during WWII. His plane took flak over Iwo Jima, and together with his crew, he navigated their ailing B-24 bomber back, where they crash-landed it in the ocean just off Saipan. Two people on the flight didn’t make it back.... Read more »