Spielberg’s Lincoln is a stunning, captivating story of the four most important months in Lincoln’s presidency and, perhaps, in our nation’s history. In his first inaugural Lincoln was holding out hope that the war between the states could still be avoided, so he addressed those who had seceded, saying: “We are not enemies, but friends. […]
Dear Friends, In his new book about Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI looks at the early life of Jesus – and, as one reviewer said, he “…debunks several myths about how the Nativity unfolded.”
Thoreau famously said, “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.” Thoreau, who was born in 1817 and died 44 years […]
Opening Words: From Windy City, Carl Sandburg Put the city up; tear the city down; put it up again; let us find a city. Let us remember the little violet-eyed man who gave all, praying, “Dig and dream, dream and hammer, till your city comes.” Every day the people sleep and the city dies; every […]
Dear Friends, In the days following Sandy I walked along Compo Beach, on Soundview Road, watching the sand-shoveling activity as homeowners and those they hired to help started the clean-up. The storm was appropriately named! Sand was piled in front yards and invaded lots of homes.
Miller Williams wrote a short poem-like piece about civility – you might consider committing it to memory, if you haven’t already done so: “Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don’t want it. What appears bad manners, an ill temper or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no […]
A familiar passage from the book of Micah, an Old Testament prophet from about 800 BCE, says: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and we may walk in his paths… He shall judge between many […]
Dear Friends, We call it ‘the Boston trip.’ Every year I take the Coming of Age class on a pilgrimage to sacred Unitarian shrines. On a few occasions I’ve taken adult groups, which I did last Friday and Saturday. There were 55 of us – as many as a big bus could carry.
Frost is in the forecast…Robert, that is. An advisory is usually a warning of some kind, and this sermon might fit that category. The warning is that Robert Frost is intent on being duplicitous, and he says so, himself. So, take my advice – don’t believe what you hear or read at first blush, at […]