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About johnpowell1020

Middle-aged theologian who believes in the best of life's paradoxes. Loves God, Lisa, his family, The Beatles, Wilco, great music, The Chicago Cubs, The University of Florida , Barry University, teaching, photography, the piano, documentaries, Autumn, Clover & India, peacocks, and so much more....

Mom’s Bridge (c) John Winston Powell, M.A. February 8, 2017

A Winter’s Day, 2017 Dear Mom, This year I’m accompanying juniors from to one of their service learning sites, a retirement/assisted living/nursing home community.  It’s like the one you were in but MUCH nicer–I’ve seen the pool room with hot … Continue reading

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A Letter to DAD on the brink of Game 4 of the 2016 NLCS against the Dodgers (c) John Winston Powell, M.A. October 19, 2016

Dear Dad (AKA #CubDadinHeaven), They are saying it’s the moment of truth for our Cubs against the Dodgers tonight in LA.  I guess we’ve been down this road before but not with a 103 regular season win team. I know … Continue reading

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What Prince Means to Me (c) John Winston Powell, M.A., May 10, 2016

Growing up in Olney, Illinois, I had WVLN-AM/WSEI-FM on my dial and the great Top 40 of the 70s.  On Top 40, you heard everything and basically I absorbed all sorts of sounds: rock, disco, pop, pop… Source: What Prince … Continue reading

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What Prince Means to Me (c) John Winston Powell, M.A., May 10, 2016

Growing up in Olney, Illinois, I had WVLN-AM/WSEI-FM on my dial and the great Top 40 of the 70s.  On Top 40, you heard everything and basically I absorbed all sorts of sounds: rock, disco, pop, pop country, R&B, funk, … Continue reading

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“Doing nothing is better than being ‘busy’ doing nothing”: Lao Tzu

Originally posted on Paul's Blog:
How often after a very busy day do we find ourselves wondering if we achieved anything significant at all? By the end of such days we feel tired, frustrated and empty. It seems like…

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Why I won’t be yelling “Go Gators!” at football games anymore…(c) John Winston Powell, September 4, 2015

Some of my favorite memories at the University of Florida are going to football games. I’d roll out of my bed in Tolbert Hall on Saturdays, and go over to Florida Field to watch the Gators and see them win, … Continue reading

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a priest at the altar of my own life

Originally posted on The Altar of Her Life:
I occasionally stand at an Altar to call a community to gather.  There we are invited to lay down our gifts, our stories, our lives.  We consecrate bread and wine, asking Spirit…

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