Advice for Lutherans "blending" three congregations into one -- or for anybody taking on a difficult job with a lot of moving parts
It comes in a poem called "The Old Man Said (One)" by Carroll Arnett, "Gogisgi," a poet of Cherokee heritage who taught creative writing at Central Michigan University for 30 years before his death in 1997. It's the first of several poems distilling Gogisgi's take of the wisdom of the elders -- hence the title. It's short, and to the point.
"[E]very single thing
matters," he says. "And," he adds,