Oblivious

The front door with its smudges of fingerprinting dust provides a clue that something bad happened there. My neighbor, Dave’s trial is at the end of its 2nd week. His estranged wife, Bonnie, lived around the corner with their two children. Bonnie was stabbed to death in April 2015 while the children were in the house.…

Wrapped in love

On Tuesday night, my spirituality group presented our first completed prayer shawl to a group member who has been dealing with the death of one loved one and coping with the illness of another. Given that her family members live in other parts of the country, Kris will miss a month of meetings. We wanted her…

Some Assembly Required

There’s the kind of assembly that goes along with putting together equipment, like the water table that we sent to our granddaughter for her third birthday. And then there’s the type of assembly that means gathering for a common purpose. When I spent the summer in Cambridge, it was for the designated aim of increasing knowledge. But, as Ralph…

Calling the circle

Having a gym membership doesn’t make you fit. Going to a garage doesn’t make you a car. Attending church doesn’t make you religious. For many people, religion is a significant aspect of their identity,  representing the group with which they feel kinship and the people with whom they spend time. Religion can provide a path that helps…

That was then, this is now…

7 July 1976. Forty years ago. It was the year of the bicentennial of the United States. A flotilla of tall ships paraded in New York City harbor. And I entered West Point for Beast, probably the most psychologically and physically grueling voluntary seven week of my life. But I and the other 1500 new cadets…