A friend of ours was in a local diner. He looked over toward the table across from his. The guy sitting there packed a handgun on his belt.
Our friend asked the server if she would ask the man to take his gun to his car. “I can’t,” she said. “Michigan has an open carry law. Nothing I can do.”
So our friends left the restaurant.
Michigan has no law that says, “No shirt, no shoes, no service,” but that sign is seen in store after store, restaurant after restaurant.
Every restaurant or small business owner can choose to post a “no weapons” sign. They cost $5-10 at Amazon.
Is it true that in America, sartorial taste is more highly valued than our customers’ sense of safety?
What has me amazed lately is that in what is now among the most violent, brutal, ignorance-doesn’t-matter nations in the world, day after day, good souls go about their good work, be it building a new home, teaching kids, running the post office, performing surgery, coaching soccer, etc. That people keep showing up and going on in this violent culture is the miracle.
For some eye-opening statistics on gun violence in America, go here.
Night comes even
Our cat lies
purring, a supplication.
We will say a prayer
for the cold rain,
for the trees
Poetry and the Spirit, the conversation between Pastor Salvatore Sapienza and Jack Ridl on October 24 has sold out, but we are still taking names on our waiting list. For details and a link to our ticketing/wait list page, click here.
Elizabeth McBride’s Most Beautiful, a collection of prose and poetry with paintings by Connie Cronenwett, has been published by The Poetry Box, the same publisher who did D.R. James’s Surreal Expulsion.
Also look for The Weight of Bodily Touches by Joseph Zaccardi from Kelsay Books.
On October 30 at 6pm Kathleen McGookey will be reading from her two latest collections, Nineteen Letters and Instructions for My Imposter at Michigan News Agency in Kalamazoo. She will be joined by Scott Bade.
On November 12 at 7pm Kathleen will be joined by Philip Sterling reading from his new book Amateur Husbandry at the Zhang Memorial Archives of Western Michigan University.