July 30, 2013
Two Men with Demons in Them

 

28 After Jesus had crossed the lake, he came to shore near the town of Gadara[e]and started down the road. Two men with demons in them came to him from the tombs.[f] They were so fierce that no one could travel that way. 29 Suddenly they shouted, “Jesus, Son of God, what do you want with us? Have you come to punish us before our time?”

30 Not far from there a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31 So the demons begged Jesus, “If you force us out, please send us into those pigs!” 32 Jesus told them to go, and they went out of the men and into the pigs. All at once the pigs rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned.

33 The people taking care of the pigs ran to the town and told everything, especially what had happened to the two men. 34 Everyone in town came out to meet Jesus. When they saw him, they begged him to leave their part of the country.

 

(Matthew 8)

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July 24, 2012
"We live by stories. It’s the principle by which we organize our experience and thus derive our sense of who we are. We’re in an unceasing flow of time and events and people, and to make sense of what goes past, we put a beginning and an end to a certain thing, and we leave things out and we heighten other things, and in that way we break the unbroken flow into stories, because that’s the only way we can give it significance."

Tobias Wolff, The Art of Fiction No. 183

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April 20, 2012
Many years ago, In the district called French River, located in the remote north of the prefecture of Duluth, a young samurai found himself lost on an unfamiliar country road. He was on an extremely important errand for the daimyo, charged with a delivering a writ of execution, but he was not overly concerned with having found himself lost. It was a cloudless sky and the sun was rising out of the east toward noon’s apex. His destination, a  run-down part of the prefecture, overseen by a rapacious and rather uncivilized clan, was located due west. He had only to walk that way, keeping in mind his mother’s oft-repeated saying, “all roads lead to home,” and he was sure eventually he’d come across a local peasant who could set him to rights.
Near noon, he found himself crossing a small, pleasant river. It was early spring, but the sun was high and hot, and he decided to rest and eat a bit in the shade of the bridge’s span.
Now, this bridge, and this river, was known to the superstitious peasants of the area, dirt-grubbers all, as the haunt of a troll, but the young samurai of course had no recourse to this knowledge as he settled onto a smooth rock to eat his meager lunch…

Many years ago, In the district called French River, located in the remote north of the prefecture of Duluth, a young samurai found himself lost on an unfamiliar country road. He was on an extremely important errand for the daimyo, charged with a delivering a writ of execution, but he was not overly concerned with having found himself lost. It was a cloudless sky and the sun was rising out of the east toward noon’s apex. His destination, a  run-down part of the prefecture, overseen by a rapacious and rather uncivilized clan, was located due west. He had only to walk that way, keeping in mind his mother’s oft-repeated saying, “all roads lead to home,” and he was sure eventually he’d come across a local peasant who could set him to rights.

Near noon, he found himself crossing a small, pleasant river. It was early spring, but the sun was high and hot, and he decided to rest and eat a bit in the shade of the bridge’s span.

Now, this bridge, and this river, was known to the superstitious peasants of the area, dirt-grubbers all, as the haunt of a troll, but the young samurai of course had no recourse to this knowledge as he settled onto a smooth rock to eat his meager lunch…

May 17, 2011
Two News Stories

From April 23, 2010

MAPLETON, Minn. - Police in Mankato are asking for the public’s help in finding a Mapleton man who has been missing for a week. Matthew Thomas Albrecht, 26, was last seen around 4 p.m. on Friday, April 16 on the 200 block of Washington Court in Mankato.

Albrecht is described as 5’9, 200 pounds, with blonde hair. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, blue jeans, white tennis shoes and eyeglasses. Anyone who has seen Albrecht or someone matching his description is asked to call 911 or Mankato police at 507-387-8770. Albrecht’s father, Ron, told police his son walked away immediately after they fixed his Ford Explorer. According to a Mankato Free Press report, Matt Albrecht took a cigarette from his friend and walked between two garages behind houses in the 1600 block of 3rd Avenue, Friday afternoon. Ron Albrecht ended up giving the friends a ride home after they failed to find him.

“We got the work done, the car ran and this other guy had a cigarette and Matt had a cigarette,” Ron Albrecht told the newspaper. “Matt walked off between the two garages there, and that was the last time I seen him.”

Albrecht’s friends and family said this is uncharacteristic of him and said he was planning to pick up his 5-year-old daughter.

From May 12, 2010

MANKATO, Minn. - State investigators say a bone found near Mankato belonged to a missing Mapleton man last seen in Mankato about a year ago.

A Bureau of Criminal Apprehension test confirmed the thigh bone was from 26-year-old Matthew Albrecht. A dog found the bone in a Mankato subdivision last December. Authorities began a search shortly after the bone was found, but the heavy snow ended their efforts.

What happened in between? 

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