Elegies
A Tree Falls in our Woods
I love working in the woods and I’ve come to know all the great trees on our land. They’re like friends – the surviving American elm that looks like a […]
Arts and Humanities
Aretha Brings It All Home
As a student fascinated with recording technology, I had the privilege of interviewing for a job at Columbia Records when I was in my mid-twenties. I was first asked a […]
Elegies
United Church of Hinesburg: “Reflections” Bill Schubart May 6, 2018
Ever since word went out that this old hippy was about to stand behind a pulpit and presume to speak with any authority about salvation, I’ve suffered the slings and […]
Elegies
No Man Is an Island - John Donne, 1624
The Solstice Holidays are a time for us to pause and think about who we are, our purpose on earth, and where we reside in the universe of religious tradition, […]
Elegies
A Child's Christmas in Wales and America
For some of us, Christmas still brings to mind Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales recorded for the BBC in 1942. But we’ve become so enthralled by the frenzy […]
Elegies
Thanks and Giving
I’ve often wondered why Thanksgiving means so much to us as a family. But we’ve always treasured this historic holiday about our founding as a nation, whereas for us Christmas […]
Elegies
Weather or Old Age?
Listen Sometimes it seems like the only question I’ve been asking myself recently, besides “how cold is it this morning?” is whether I’m just getting old or whether the world […]
Elegies
Rough Beasts
I write in my sleep. It’s hardly restful. Since I mostly remember what I write, I’m never quite sure if I’m really asleep. Recently, I’ve been haunted by the nocturnal […]
Elegies
The Spirit of Toys
In the early 50s, I remember sitting in my PJs under a spruce Christmas tree. I’m opening a pile of presents from my mother. These are the presents my mother never […]
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I Once was lost and now am found....
Any honest priest who knows his altar boys will tell you they’re prey to mortal sin, especially as they pass through puberty and their fervid imaginations evoke that which they […]
Elegies
Jobs in Our Town
I’m generally suspicious of prognosticators and gurus, whether they’re predicting the end of books or the end of the world. I don’t worry about things ending, nor do I fear […]
Elegies
Jolly Olde England
On our occasional visits to England, we’ve taken up renting Landmark Trust properties, which are considerably less expensive than hotels, especially when friends and family join in. We usually rent […]