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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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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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