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TIMELY MATTERS: Looking back can help us move forward

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“I do not wish the ordinary reader to read no modern books.

But if he must read only the new or only the old, I would advise him to read the old.”

— C.S. Lewis,

Intro to Athanasius’

“On the Incarnation”

I look out on the same view from my front porch as I did as a kid. Same houses, same sidewalks, same lawns. The old white-on-green street signs are now black-and-white and the red-tinted slate curbs were replaced by taller gray granite ones. The old white clapboard pentecostal gospel church once located on the corner of Grove and High, with its stained glass and exuberant worship … long gone without a trace. But most conspicuously, the brick street that our family home resides upon was laid permanently to rest beneath the same ubiquitous black asphalt that “paved paradise and put up a parking lot” in the ‘60s, as Joni Mitchell laments in 1970.

Their disappearance is likely not often thought of by many but it still resonates with me.........

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