An American Elegy

“a reminder of how fragile and precious life is and how intimately connected we all are as human beings” —composer Frank Ticheli

Peace in the Storm

A summer hailstorm kicked up yesterday afternoon, coming on with unexpected ferocity. As I watched the storm, the tragedy at Emanuel AME Church earlier this month came to mind.

Winter Reprise

“Weather kept them humble.” — Annie Proulx. I suppose that never knowing what to expect can make even the mighty feel humble.

Dear Rebecca

The hope for peace is timeless and universal. Letters from my great, great, great, great grandfather written home in 1863 from the Civil War and a story that still holds true.

A Reminiscence of Wangari Maathai

Environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai is being eulogized by presidents and prime ministers. She died in Nairobi on Sunday at the age of 71. Yet, to me, the most impressive testament to her legacy is… Read More