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The World Seen Through the Lens of Faith


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"The moss crumbles under my nails as I scrape away the overgrowth obscuring my grandfather's name. It flakes away into powder; while a light breeze scatters the remnants over the broken lamb marking my youngest brother's grave. I never knew Michael. He survived only days in the hospital unable to breathe correctly. Ironically, beside him is Bill, another brother undone by an ailing chest: pneumonia compounded with HIV/AIDS, or is it vice versa? Anyway, that was 1985 and HIV was still the gay man's disease and now, seven years later, not much has really changed. Back in 1967, Bill introduced me to the music that would later define the “summer of love.” He changed my life in so many ways. My obsession with this and other music was just one."

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