Elegies
A Reflection for The United Church of Hinesburg: Rev. Baybie Hoover & Virginia Brown
(Insert audio clip invocation :28 sec.) Invocation BV 052220 In 1976, I met a blind Manhattan street singer named Reverend Baybie Hoover and her Deaconess of Music, Virginia Brown. Baybie’s… Read More
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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… Read More
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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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,… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More