Mars, Venus and an Iranian Marriage

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Last week, two pals joined me for the Encore of this American Life’s broadcast via a network of theaters across the country.  It was aptly titled, “Return to the Scene of the Crime,” which we did apparently.  Ira Glass was enormously entertaining, as were each of the off-beat acts.  It’s theater of the mind; familiar territory for Lake Wobegonians.

Return to the Scene of the Crime

Return to the Scene of the Crime

This week’s installment is equally funky – but exceptionally touching.  The theme is “Reunited (and it feels so good).”  Fire up your iPod or PC or MAC and tune in… An Iranian couple, after twenty-five years call it quits.  Their remarkable story is told by their daughter, Nazanin Rafsanjani, and well, trust me, you’ll be glad you listened to the whole thing.  Here’s a link.

Jack Kemp 1936-2009

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News of the untimely death of the well-known and well-respected American got me, mainly because all my life, I’ve been asked if we are related.  Back when I was College Pastor at Ev. Free Fullerton, his son Jeff, who played backup quarterback for the Rams back then, would show up on Sunday mornings.  We talked enough for me to learn that while we both have roots in Canada, if we are related, it would take a talented genealogist to find the connection.

Jack Kemp

Jack Kemp

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