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Posted August 7, 2017:

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Shakespeare has become a summer guest. It happened this way: my grandparents had a collection of very small (2” x 4”) books of various classics, the “Little Leather Classics” series. Not wanting to carry a large, heavy book while backpacking I took the Little Leather edition of “The Tempest.” Terry and Mike kidded me about reading it at various lakesides.

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Then home to Seattle, where Laura was visiting to be part of a friend’s wedding. She was reading Margaret Atwood’s “Hag-Seed,” which was a contemporary re-telling of — of course — “The Tempest.” It’s a lot of fun, which frankly I had not expected from Atwood. So somewhat unexpectedly, I’m having my own mini Shakespeare Summer Festival. “The Tempest” reminds me some of the Joseph story in Genesis. It all moves toward a moment of truth, a moment of reckoning. We live in a time when our President does not believe in a moment of truth or a reckoning. He can go on forever telling lies and being irresponsible. There will be no reckoning . . . or will there?

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Excellent piece by Frank Bruni on the identity issues I explored in my “Weekly Meditation.” I particularly liked his statement the conundrum posed by some who say, “you must understand my experience, and you can’t possibly understand my experience.”

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Evangelical support for Trump tarnishes Christianity. This piece by an evangelical Christian is timely. Last week Robert Jeffries, a Dallas evangelical mega-church pastor, proclaimed that Trump has God’s mandate to “take out” Kim Jong-un — a truly appalling statement. .

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