About This Project

God's Country is a sociological exploration of isolation and identity in the midst of life's increasing indignities. The Upper Peninsula in Michigan is remote - socially, geographically, and culturally - from the rest of the state and country. Lauri Lappi, 88, continues to live alone in the Upper Peninsula despite his age and physical disabilities. I lived for months in a remote cabin near Lauri and his family, and got to know them well as they coped with various challenges.

While I was living in the Upper Peninsula, I did a lot of writing both for research and also for myself.


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  • Family History
  • Lauri's Routine
  • History of the UP
  • Project Timeline

  • "My life, for all practical purposes, is over"

    "All of my life, I have been an outsider"

    "Regardless of my malperformance, Jesus is a forgiving God"