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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Men: Feel the spirit

Steven Holl - September 1st, 2008
On the weekend of September 12-14 a group of men will gather to explore and celebrate the sacred journey of
masculinity.
Like their ancestors the world over have done for thousands of years, they will create a ritual space for inner vision and healing. Exactly what will emerge is hard to predict, but for certain it will contain the sweet and powerful nectar of a man’s heart, soul and strength.
That has been our experience over the past 20 years each time we have convened the Michigan Men’s Spirit Camp, and I am convinced that this year will be no different, for it is our birthright as men.
Founded and nurtured by
Jeffrey Duvall, Spirit Camp draws inspiration from the pan-cultural traditions of our ancestors and contemporary mythopoetic leaders like Robert Bly and others. We borrow from a variety of healing traditions to create a camp where we meet each other as kin; where our work roles are less important than our ability to listen, empathize and reflect; where we offer our imagination, our visions, our dreams to heal our wounds, feed our souls, and enliven our hearts.
As this year’s camp leader I want to invite any and all men 16-years-old and up to join us at Spirit Camp alongside the pond on the private tract of forest 20 miles west of Clare. Leave at home the the iPods, the cell phones, alcohol and drugs, and come just as you are. Set up your tent among the pines, or roll out your sleeping bag in the studio and be with other men. We will feed your body and your soul.
What kind of man benefits from the Spirit Camp experience? In our 20 years we have welcomed men: straight, gay and bi, from all races and all walks of life. We have welcomed soldiers, salesmen, clergy, farmers, therapists, attorneys, teachers, physicians, students, carpenters, et cetera. Men with challenges benefit from Spirit Camp: men who live alone or with others; men who have it all; men who have little; old men facing divorce, or death; young men who are adrift and rudderless; men with addictions; men who wish to know themselves better; men who need the love of other men; men who work too much; men who long for a deeper sense of the sacred journey life holds for them; men who want a wholesome retreat away from the noise of the commercial culture.
What we gain is a renewed sense of connection to our fellow man and the sacred energies that animate us all. We experience the pleasure of revealing our fears and passions through the language of story, poetry and movement. Our stories weave together to tell Our Story. A man often finds his greatest life and passion is grounded smack dab in his engagements, service and loving. And in doing so he is uniquely prepared for the challenges of the coming seasons.
As you consider whether to accept my invitation to join us at the
Michigan Men’s Spirit Camp, ask yourself these questions: Is there a story that you long to hear? Or one that needs to be told by you? Is your heart full? Do you love your family enough? Do you have something more to give? Are you called to join other men to explore and celebrate the mystery of this dance that is Spirit Camp?
Bring all your answers and your questions and we will welcome you to the Michigan Men’s Spirit Camp.
Contact camp leader Steven Holl at steven@soulworks.org for info on how to participate.
 
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