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Family Gatherings

Two holidays and one hurricane brought our family members together in the summer of 2017. Independence Day attracted most of our family …

Solar Eclipse 2017

Look up in wonder at the Sun, giver of life. Behold the moon’s brief triumph. Recall mythic explanations, rely on scientific precision; …

Scottish Cities & Towns

Cities in Scotland are energizing and exhilarating; smaller towns, while still stimulating, allow rest and reflection. Most of my vacation this August …

Edinburgh 2017

History:  In the wake of World War II, a group of visionaries pondered the future for European artists and audiences. One of those …

Mountain Woman

It’s not height, but stature that counts in this novel. Lydia McQueen, born in 1846, is indeed “long-limbed,” but it is her …

3 Days in Asheville

Two invitations, one to a tournament at the historic Biltmore Forest Golf Club; the other, to stay with friends Rosemary and Jerry Crow, …

My 48th Bible School

Vacation Bible Schools were the glories of my childhood summers–Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist. I remember at least ten in all, not only in …

Chautauqua 2017

Early on the morning of June 28, I walked down to Lake Chautauqua and watched the sun rise. The peace there was …

Granados’ Goyescas

The music of Enrique Granados, a Spanish composer, has fascinated me since my teens, when my piano teacher assigned his “Intermezzo” from …

Sing for Your Life

Twenty-five years of striving for the goals of the MusicLink Foundation prepared me for a riveting book, Sing for Your Life: a Story of Race, …