First, a brief history of Father’s Day: It was founded on June 19, 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd in Spokane, Washington. Her father, William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran, was a single parent who raised his six children. It had a rocky start – Congress turned down several attempts to formalize it, fearing that […]
Dear Friends, I just got back from my 50th college reunion at Salem State University, formerly known as Salem State College. When I enrolled in 1958 it was Salem Teacher’s College, and before that it had been Salem Normal School. The designation ‘normal school’ was for training teachers, so called because the first school so […]
The first chapter of Genesis is the story of the creation, when God makes everything, including a man and a woman. In the second chapter man is without the woman; it’s a different creation story from the one used in the first chapter. Genesis 2 says: “Then the LORD God said, “It is not good […]
Dear Friends, Parenting is one of the great joys in life. Grandparenting is one of life’s great gifts.
Yesterday my granddaughter, Hannah Jean Hildreth, graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA She’s a dancer…she waltzed across stage with a big grin. At least it appeared to me that she was dancing. She was always dancing as she grew up. I watched her take her first steps and I’ve been watching as she steps […]
In Jewish tradition, your mother determines whether you are Jewish…if your mother is Jewish, you are Jewish. The point: our mothers determine so much about ourselves, which is where William Ross Wallace got the idea for his famous poem, or at least the famous line from a relatively obscure poem from which I got my […]
Dear Friends, We’re planning an adults-only Boston trip. We’ve been talking about doing another adult trip for a few years – this will be our third, October 19 and 20. We do the same thing that our Coming of Age class does – including having some fun!
Henry Wordsworth Longfellow’s little poem has deep theological implications. You know the poem: There was a little girl Who had a little curl Right in the middle of her forehead; And when she was good, She was very, very good But when she was bad she was horrid. Why was she good – when she […]
Two weeks ago Larry Waterbury lit a candle after attending his grandson’s wedding. He said, “You know you’re getting old when you attend your grandson’s wedding, and realize that it’s his second marriage.” “A child of your child makes you grand; a child of your grandson makes you great!” Of course there’s a difference between […]
Dear Friends, After the early service yesterday someone handed me a New Yorker cartoon that showed people filing out of church holding up signs in the shape of baseball gloves on which is painted # 1. The man in the white collar holds one of the signs and has a huge grin and has both […]