True, Beautiful Light

For Wilshire Baptist Church

Riding from Chicago O’Hare International Airport toward downtown I struck up a conversation with Vandell Cobb, my Uber driver, and learned that he had been a globe-hopping fashion and news photographer in his earlier days. I know enough about photography from my own career that we were able to cover a lot of topics in our 45 minutes together – including the huge changes from film and print publications to digital files and web-based media. Continue reading “True, Beautiful Light”

Knocked Out

For Wilshire Baptist Church

Rose rosette. Have you heard of it? Have you seen it? Sounds lovely, but it’s not lovely at all. It’s a parasitic disease spread by tiny mites that is knocking out knock out roses all across the country. It was first seen in knock out roses in Kentucky in 2009, and the sad irony is that as knock out roses have become wildly popular for their resistance to disease, their planting from coast to coast has helped spread the one disease that it can’t resist. Continue reading “Knocked Out”

Where Two or Three Gather

 

For Wilshire Baptist Church

My good friend Paul Mangelsdorf died early Saturday. I’ve mentioned him on several occasions in this blog over the past few years, usually in the context of me riding DART downtown and meeting him for lunch and noon mass at the Catholic cathedral. I call him “my good friend” because that’s how he described everyone he knew – from bus drivers to bishops. Continue reading “Where Two or Three Gather”