At 5:30 PM this evening (Tuesday, January 19), the National League of Cities is organizing a national recognition for the victims of COVID-19. Cities across the country, including our local city of Raleigh, will be lighting building in the color of amber in memory of the nearly 400,000 lives lost during the pandemic. Places of … More Amber Hour This Evening to Honor COVID Victims
Happy socially-distant Memorial Day! As I stated earlier, most of our traditional Memorial Day things are off this year. But I did take a walk in our local cemetery this morning where the VFW had placed flags by the graves of all the veterans, and I looked at them and tried to send a spiritual … More Meatless Monday: Memorial Day
Memorial Day Weekend has a lot of rituals for my family. That weekend is the kickoff for Summerfest, the outdoor summer concert series by the North Carolina Symphony that is one of our FAVORITE summer traditions. So on Saturday night, we and our friends get to Koka Booth Amphitheater early, stake out our place on … More What Are You Doing this Memorial Day Weekend?
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge another great American hero whose transition we also celebrated last week: the fabulous Ms. Aretha Franklin. I don’t know anything that I could write that would be as concise and as eloquent as the statement Barack and Michelle Obama released upon her death: “Through her … More In Honor of the late Aretha Franklin
I don’t believe in coincidences. One of my theoretical foundational teachers is Carl Jung, who I don’t think believed in coincidences either. He had a word–synchronicity–for events that are linked, not in our traditional belief in cause and effect, but by energy or some other “non-logical” connection. Because it seems to me to be significant … More In Honor of the Late Edward Kennedy
In his eulogy today, former President Obama included this quote from the late Senator McCain’s self-proclaimed favorite book, For Whom The Bells Toll: Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today. … More In Honor of the Late John McCain