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Memorial Day Reflections
May 22, 2020

Memorial Day is a federal holiday, a time set aside for remembering those who served the nation as members of the military. In the hometown of my childhood, this was a weekend set aside for delivering cemetery flowers, gathering for patriotic ceremonies and the spring’s final concert by the...

AU Chorale
April 12, 2020

I am grateful today for the members of our chamber choir and for their director, Lisa Fredenburgh. Music is a universal language, its melodies and harmonies loved by people of all faiths and those of no faith. The words of this particular song capture the longing and hope that fill our hearts...

April 9, 2020

Many of our current holiday customs have their roots in folk festivals and sacred texts. Today I decided to set aside university business and learn more about chocolate rabbits, Easter eggs, and lilies too. As I googled my way through websites, my memory worked overtime as it so often does. You...

April 5, 2020

"And the people took branches of palm trees and went forth to meet him and cried, Hosanna..."

Winston Churchill statue
April 3, 2020

A new biography of Winston Churchill arrived in the mail today, and I can’t wait to get started. Churchill is larger than life in so many ways. He became England’s prime minister during his nation’s darkest days, when it appeared that the Germans would attempt an invasion of the...