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Acton University, Day Three

I don't think I've ever attended a conference with such a diverse group of people. I've met people from all over the world: health care professionals, students, teachers, academics, business people, writers, bloggers, administrators, clergy, parents, retired, military officers, and it goes on.

My favorite line of the day was from a Latino man who spent 19 years living and working in East LA, doing ministry. He bought a house near his ministry center, right in the 'hood. When someon questioned why on earth he would choose to live there, he said, "Hey, Jesus did not commute from Heaven. He didn't hang out with the Apostles from 9 to 5 only during the week. I'm gonna live with the people I serve."

I spent a good part of my day listening to and talking with Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, an economist who has founded the Ruth Institute ( http://www.ruthinstitute.org/). If you had told me a couple of days ago that I would be so intrigued by an economist, I'd have laughed at you. However, much of my experience as a wife, mother and educator mirrors her life and work. Take a look at her website: "It takes a family to raise a village" is her intriguing tag-line, regarding her work on marriage and family.

On a more personal note, I found a bartender that could make a decent lemon drop martini. I had an absolutely foul one yesterday, and the one I had today restored my faith in the Grand Rapids' bartending community.

One more day of the University. I think I'll sleep all day on Saturday....

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I saw you
today
as you guided
your little man across that busy street.

You were wearing some
big man boots
and
watching cars and lights.

Your little man had on
black sneakers and
a Mickey Mouse hat
that bounced
as he walked.

He wasn't watching nothing but
your big man boots
and
the white stripes of the crosswalk.

Just before
he got to the sidewalk again,
his step bounced a bit
- he hopped over
a spot where the asphalt broke.

You turned to look,
holding out a hand to
your little man.
Not rushed or angry,
just making sure
he got up
on that sidewalk.

Then you walked on,
in your big man boots,
face into a cold Michigan wind,
with the little man behind,
his hat bouncing.