There are many ways to writea counter-narrative to America’s throw-away consumer culture.
It could be this spoken narrative critique by Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann.
Or it could be the unpublished daily dumpster-diving exploitsin a city’s back alleys by a 21st CenturyJohnny Appleseed, the dumpster-diver whose birthday today is worth a more public salute and a joyful celebration.
Chris’s narrative is written in the indelible ink of daily dives that rescue our society’s “junk” from trips to the maxed-out landfills of America’s throw-away consumer culture.
Chris is anything but a back alley throw-away in our family. He’s our Johnny Appleseed — our Walter Brueggemann!
Two years ago today we said goodbye to 33-year-old Katherine (“Katie”), RIP. Today her mother Kay posted this amazing reflection. Click the link above the photograph for Kay’s recollection and reflection.
Below is a photograph of Katherine (she preferred her formal name in her adult years) and Christopher (“Chris”), her husband and best friend, during a family trip to Costa Rica in 2009. Chris, you were the best of the best. Payers for Chris Katie’s father, Steve, sister Kristin, brother Andrew, and Kay. “And a glad sound comes with the setting sun: ‘Well done! Well done!'” – final stanza, hymn “Come, Labor On.”