Category Archives: Seasons of the Year

Snow!

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Fifth Day of Christmas

Happy five golden rings. It got down to nearly zero Fahrenheit last night. This morning, the hot-water heater sent voluminous puffs of steam out the chimney. The day started cloudy but the sun is coming through. I’m home, cleaning the … Continue reading

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First Day of Christmas

I received an email from an online merchant I’ve worked with. Today, they say, is the Twelfth Day of Christmas. I’m glad they’re good at horticulture, because their theology needs work. Today is the First Day of Christmas. The Twelfth … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

It’s Christmas Day. I came home after a very successful Christmas Eve service at the Presbyterian church, and an intimate and joyful Midnight Mass in the village. Attendance was down at the latter because of storm warnings, but there was … Continue reading

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First Communion

Today, December 16, is the anniversary of my First Communion. A big anniversary, at that. I don’t know how many people remember the date of their First Communion. I’ve kept the booklet, and it represents an interesting time in the … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

The turkey is defrosting. Bags of fresh cranberries await. So do white potatoes, sweet potatoes, leeks, brussels sprouts, small white onions, and makings of both fresh and pre-made stuffing–I haven’t decided that detail yet. A half-gallon of pasteurized but non-homogenized … Continue reading

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November 11

Happy Veterans Day to all who served, and to all who have benefited from those who serve. To my veteran friends, and especially to former choir members who have also served at West Point, thanks and congratulations. I remember my … Continue reading

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Saunders Peony

A lovely gift arrived today from Madison, Connecticut: the root of a Saunders peony. Dr. Saunders of Hamilton College was the most famous cross-breeder of peonies; I read that over 200 varieties are now attributed to him. This one apparently … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween

I love Halloween. If you’ve read my book on Calvin Hampton you know how well I remember those parties at Calvary Church many years ago. Happy Halloween. Be safe and have fun.  

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Dad and Me

This picture was taken about a week ago. A very nice couple–good friends and former neighbors in New Jersey–drove up to celebrate his birthday. We had a memorable lunch at a local waterfront place that emphasizes German food and culture. … Continue reading

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