Upon Reflection

By Dale Buchanan Fifty-seven weeks ago, I was blessed with the opportunity to write my first “Getting to Know You” essay. It was and continues to be a column dedicated to the “Folks in the Pews.” That first person was Gayle Thornton primarily because she was one of the people

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From the Pews: Pete Espinoza

By Dale Buchanan We met Pete at a local restaurant where he had graciously agreed to be interviewed. Pete is friendly and conversational—a natural storyteller. From this point on you will hear only Pete’s voice. “My given name is Guadalupe. Saint Guadalupe, Mexico’s patron saint, first appeared to an indigenous

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In the Pews on Easter Sunday

By Dale Buchanan This space in the Grape Leaf concerns itself primarily with “a person from the pews.” Today our attention is slightly different. Instead of singling out an individual person, the focus will be on the group in the pews. Your scribe makes no claim of a particularly objective

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From the Pews: Lew Wagman

By Dale Buchanan Searching for a “person from the pews,” Gayle and I found ourselves sitting across a table from Lew Wagman. I must confess that until this interview I had thought of him primarily as Bitsy’s husband. True enough, but this does not describe the man. Lew’s story is

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From the Pews: Char Lund

By Dale Buchanan Stepping out of the pews this time is Char Lund—a most interesting woman with a story worth telling. Gayle and I met Char in a quaint tea shop in the Tower district—a first time experience for this country boy. I think I might learn to like it!

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From the Pews: Hank Delcore

By Dale Buchanan Hank has sat in a pew directly in front of us every Sunday for about three years. Last Tuesday evening Hank sat in Gayle’s living room to be interviewed. Gayle served lemonade and cookies. We engaged in pleasant small talk. Then I asked, “Where were you born

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