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Hamilton, The Teacher

The last weeks, I have been immersed in the soundtrack to the Broadway musical, Hamilton. Several months ago, when I first learned of this unique approach to history, I was, admittedly, skeptical. As a history buff, I wondered how a story of American history — from the historical period I enjoy most — could be…

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Throwing Starfish

A few weeks ago, I attended a Celebration of Life service and heard the parable of the starfish. In a few short lines, the parable reminds the listener of the importance one person can make on the world, even with the smallest acts. In the present day world, drunk on technology and smothered by relentless media,…

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A Good and Strong Foundation

At about 10:30 a.m. on September 11, 2001, a quiet man standing at the front of a college classroom in a small Arkansas city delivered one of the most profound speeches I have ever heard, and one on which I continue to lean in times of unthinkable tragedy. On his words, I have relied for that…


A Watch that Mends, in Time

Originally published August 8, 2014: A few weeks ago, I heard of a young woman about to take some time away for her wedding and honeymoon. Humorously, those of us in the conversation tried to talk her out of it, reminding her that she can just date, and the need to make things permanent with…

"Stand boldly on the edges of what is known."
Flora Bowley