Way up in the highest reaches of Michigan, where dry land, water, US and Canada all meet in a beautiful wild mixture of blues and greens, lies the town of Rogers City, MI. Half an hour past Rogers City, through woodlands, dirt roads and swaths of nothing, lies Alan's house.

As far from civilization as you can possibly get, we rolled up his driveway and knocked on the door. Alan greeted us warmly. We sat down and talked about this, that and the other. Then we offered Alan the opportunity to put on tefillin. Alan graciously agreed with one condition. In his word, "First we pray then we play."


So, after putting on tefillin and reciting Shema, Alan lead us out back where he showed us how to shoot a gun. And shoot we did.