I'm proud to have edited this collection of 60 memoirs from people who knew Ron Lewinski, the subject of my first book. Both clergy and laity share memories from the past six decades. Learn more.
The death of a friend and pastor in 2017 inspired me to write a story about a real-life experience. The Pivotal Pastor is the detailed account that it is because it includes source material that only I have access to. Learn more.
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A friend and I started mixing chemicals in the darkroom while in 8th grade. Years later, we and our wives started an old-time photography business. It was called Positive Image. It was our first lesson in the dynamics of mixing business with friendship/family. Nothing bad happened, but my wife and I withdrew from the business. We valued the friendship more.
Over time, I've had a variety of pets. Turtles, ducklings, a parakeet, dogs. Never snakes. I'm like Indiana Jones that way. This little lady was "Molly." After our dog-owning days had passed, we'd get an occasional fix by dogsitting her for a friend.
One of the best periods of my life was participating in the expansion of a parish on Illinois farmland. It truly was one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The story is told in my book, The Pivotal Pastor. The project was led by our pastor, Fr. Ron Lewinski, and a world-renown architect, Dirk Lohan. This picture was taken on the eve of the church's dedication.