Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Another newspaper mention

With one small correction. I became a Psi U at Penn, not U of M.

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Paul W. Smith
Tigers' home opener brings hope and renewal to Detroit


Good season, bad season, win, lose or draw, sunny or gray, mild or bitter cold (OK, not too cold!!!), good times or bad. It almost doesn't matter.
The Tigers' home opener is magical.
It may be the only game all season some people make.
It may be the first of many. It doesn't matter. Everyone is happy and festive.
The city is happy and festive.
We just finished a fabulous Final Four. Only thing that would have made it better ... well, you know.
But this is different.
This is familial.
Generational.
Historical, whether it's something folks in your family have done for years or whether this was the first time in your new tradition that you just established yesterday.
The beer tastes better. Hot dogs never taste as good any other time or any other place.
A bit of a problem for Catholics this time, but there was fish available. Even fellow U of M Psi Upsilon brother/Father Kelly had his Good Friday services going next door, so you could cover both holy days of obligation.
Lots of smiles you don't see enough of in the city.
Lots of music, food and young people carrying on a ritual and tradition that will mean much more to them years from now.
Hustle. Bustle. Too much traffic. And that is a good thing.
For every bad thing we have faced together, this makes everything OK, even if just for the moment.
This is our Masters, with just one competitor on the course that matters to all of us. All of us pulling for one team. All of us looking for this very special victory.
Even though there are about a zillion games to go in the season, none is more important than the victory we can get on Opening Day.
Unless, of course, it's the last game of the World Series ... at Comerica Park.
Paul W. Smith is host of "The Paul W. Smith Show" on WJR (760 AM) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday. His column is published on Saturday.

http://www.detnews.com/article/20090411/OPINION03/904110306/1384/OPINION0313

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