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Apr 30, 2023·edited Apr 30, 2023Liked by David Swindle 🟦

Great Sunday reading while watching a wealthy Indianapolis church move in across the street and excuse the poor neighbors after one community service last summer. I dread Sundays - the neighbors don't come out of their apartment building anymore.

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I'm glad you liked it so much! Thank you.

In my view "wealthy church" is such a contradiction in terms since Jesus made more than clear how hard it was for the wealthy to get into heaven...

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David/Sally- Please take all my posts, information, and any other related to editing off the site. I’m very happy that you are working through your past, present, and finding what you wish to be in the future and I wish you both healing, mind and body. I’m sorry that you were treated poorly and suffered such a great deal of anxiety as a result.

Thank you-

Audie Cockings

Traverse City, Michigan, Midwest

Not a shitty, bigoted place or people.

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Dec 14, 2022·edited Dec 14, 2022Author

Hi, Audie,

I'm so sorry if this piece gave the impression, in denouncing Indiana, that Michigan was also in the crosshairs! It is not. Though I, too, am a native Hoosier, my family has maintained a treasured vacation property in MI, in the woods outside of Cadillac, for four generations now. Our darling niece lives up in Ypsilanti. And David's mom grew up in MI! So "Pure Michigan" 🤣 will be in his blood both biologically and by marriage.

Neither of us wants you to feel that the criticisms levied at Midwest culture were meant to apply to your home state. We both think of MI more as a part of the Wisconsin/Minnesota "Great North" area. I personally have nothing but happy memories made there.

Thank you for sharing your feedback!

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This is correct. I don't have animosity toward Michigan and don't regard it as part of the Midwest. I have a generally positive view of the Wisconsin/Minnesota/Michigan region. Especially Wisconsin because of their amazing cheese. To me the Midwest is Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. (Though Iowa blends with the Great North states and Kentucky blends with the South.) But especially the trio of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio - they're the heart of the Midwest and really what I'm most talking about as "Midwest culture."

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This is a very cruel comment from someone I've been encouraging with her writing for many years and regarded as a friend. Even more cruel that you felt the need to post it in public on a post where I'm trying to be very honest about how growing up here was very damaging to me. You're sort of proving my point about how cruel and intolerant Midwest culture as a whole truly is. I'm shocked that you would post this.

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