The Learner | Thomas Franklin Warren

Beloit Author Warren Mixes Religion, Golf in Novel – Beloit Daily News

“I think to really learn something you need to teach it,” Warren said. “Students may not always learn it, but you do.”

Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

So, has 2017 been a good year, or not so good? Gulp. It’s tempting to go on about leadership that has fallen, role models who have disappointed, and our individual aches and pains.

churches

Draft foretaste of novel I am working on

The Learner
This is the story of a young man fresh out of seminary who becomes the pastor of a church seeking a new leader.

Mim Rachel & Tom

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year | 2016

As always we treasure this season of music and hope in the midst of family and friends.

Gawd and Gawf | Tom Warren

Gawd & Gawf!

Do you know people who love (or at least are very interested in) the competing religions that center around golf AND God?

Sully Movie Still

An unexpected reaction to “Sully”

Last evening my wife Mim and I along with some friends went to see the movie Sully.

WisconsinWatch.org | Tom Warren

A Novel Idea: WisconsinWatch Article

WisconsinWatch.org | Tom Warren

 

Thank you to Wisconsin Watch and contributor Mara Jezior who wrote recently…

A novel idea: Beloit author donates proceeds to support investigative reporting

“Sometime, when author Tom Warren researches issues for his books, he feels the pull to become an advocate.”

 

SLU Presentation on Cuba | Tom Warren

Presentation on Cuba to SLU

SLU Presentation on Cuba | Tom Warren

Tom Warren presenting a talk on Cuba to the Beloit Society for Learning Unlimited (SLU) in the fall of 2015.

Ron Adamson & Tom Warren | Bay of Pigs, Cuba

Friend Ron Adamson & Tom Warren swimming in the Bay of Pigs during their trip to Cuba

SLU is a non-profit  organization that supports life-long learning in the Stateline area.  SLU’s roots are at Beloit College and BC faculty often contribute classes.  Warren visited Cuba a few weeks after the announcement by Presidents Obama and Castro began the process that opened relationships between their two nations.  Warren describes himself as an enthusiastic learner about Cuba . . . not an expert.”

Still some sand

Where is our beach?

Still some sand

Not totally gone.

During spring and summer we have made five or six trips to the cabin (Read: lake) and each time north I have been accompanied by the anxiety of experiencing no beach when we get there.

My expectations have been so pessimistic that almost every time upon arrival I have been mildly encouraged: there is some sand still there and during our most recent trip in early September we were back to having a beach fire on, well, a beach.

Our diminished beach is partly a function of the rising lake, but not totally.   Currents and sand flows that have been very good to us over the decades have moved on.

Lake Superior Shore

Lake Superior worries

Lake Superior Shore

Whenever I talk to my California friends these days the conversation easily moves toward the drought there.  It is serious and I hope it ends soon.  Predictably, I say to them “I wish we could send some of our Lake Superior water to you.”  Sigh.  Yes.  Again this year the lake is up – seven inches according to the last report I heard – and I expect that our previously gorgeous, big beach will not exist.

In the early 1970s, when I would go to our recently purchased property to camp for a few days, Beloit friends who were more established with cabins in the woods by the shore would say, “Check our our beach.  See if we have one.”  Well, they always had one.  Sometimes like in the mid- to late-1980s it was narrow as the lake reached a high point in the ebb and flow of yearly levels BUT NEVER WAS THEIR OR OUR BEACH GONE.   I fear that this year they will be – gone, the beaches – under water.  I wish we could send some of it to California.

Fog moving in

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