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Jeff Munroe

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No Ordinary Time

Our recent unprecedented misuse of the word “unprecedented” finally got to me. I am both a word geek and history freak, and although our stay-at-home orders are extraordinary, this moment is not unprecedented. Humanity has faced pandemics and global crises…
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Why Hoard Toilet Paper During a Pandemic?

In the moments I’m not self-righteously clucking “tsk, tsk,” at the toilet-paper-hoarding masses, I’m doing mental math estimating how long our supply might last. We’re starting to run low, the stores are empty, and I am anxious. If something doesn’t…
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Corona Virus and the Useless God

Perhaps you’ve heard the story about the woman who received a text message that said, “I am here for you.” Immediately, she wrote back saying how good that made her feel. She’d been going through so much lately and was…
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The Kid in the MAGA Hat

The last time I got into a fight fight, a physical fight with hitting and punching, was almost fifty years ago. I was in junior high then, riding my bike home on a path behind my school, when a kid…
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Famous Last Words

The stories of the wittiest are probably false. Oscar Wilde allegedly said, “Either this wallpaper goes or I do,” but those present reported nothing and it wasn’t until years later that the story of his wit in the face of…
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The Mister Rogers Revival

One day when my daughter was about three, I came home, sat on the couch, opened the afternoon newspaper, and buried myself inside its pages. My daughter toddled up with a book in her hand and said, “Daddy, please read…
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Adventures in Buechnerland

Memory is such a trickster. I came across a lost document while helping my dad and stepmom clean out their condo recently, notes from Monday, January 28, 2008, and the opening of the Buechner Institute at King College in Bristol,…
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Foreword by Makoto Fujimura

Makoto Fujimura operates on a different plane than I do. His art is exhibited worldwide, best-selling author David Brooks refers to him as “my friend” in books and New York Times columns, and Mako even worked as an advisor to…