More than a century ago, local grapevines allegedly required no irrigation, and a hand pump could draw water from a hand-dug well.
Peace Be With You
A weekly column offering a Christian and Catholic perspective by native Maderan John Rieping, a graduate of Mt. Angel Seminary who spent 4 1/2 years in formation at Mount Angel Abbey. His website is http://wambly.weebly.com
The San Joaquin Valley, the southern half of the large flat mountain-bound interior of California, has undergone many changes.
“Today my thoughts / Are swift and cool / As goldfish in / A lily pool. / Tomorrow, like as not, / They’ll be / Brown turtles blinking / Hard at me.
My father taught that women should be treated with respect and never hit. So whenever a pair of kindergarten classmates would chase or play aggressively with girls at school, I would insist they stop.
The talented musician Ludwig wanted little to do with the Catholic Church or its priests, which isn’t completely surprising.
“A person’s a person, no matter how small!” So wrote children’s writer Theodor Geisel (1904-1991), better known as Dr. Seuss.
I’m usually not a frequent letter writer or recipient, even as a newspaper columnist. But below are excerpts of an online conversation I had in January about religion.