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Patriot's Day is celebrated every April in Massachusetts.  It is a day to remember those courageous men and women who defied the world's most powerful colonial empire.  The result of that defiance is, of course, The United States of America.  Massachusetts is rich in heritage. ...

My wife and I spent a marvelous morning at Kykuit, the Hudson River home of the Rockefeller family.   While the house is magnificent, it is the gardens that take one's breath away.  It is the way everyone should live.  But everybody can't because somebody has...

Yesterday along with friends we stopped for a picnic.  As we walked to the outdoor table we noticed a very pretty Irish Setter kind of dog lying by a car.  At first I thought he was chained but soon a man came and asked how...

I am trying to write this but my dog keeps pestering me.  Last evening we took her swimming and another Black Lab named Cyrus gave her a tennis ball.  You would have thought he had given her the moon.  She was ecstatic.  We couldn't get...

We had a serendipity this summer.  Last winter the most serious ice storm we had ever seen destroyed our woods.  Now we have a beautiful area filled with Jewel Weed.  With the trees gone a whole new ecosystem has taken over.  While we were most...

A lot of the federal stimulus money is being spent on repairing roads here in Massachusetts.  There are lots of detours.  Obviously it makes me happy to ride on smoother roads but this morning on my way to school it really became too much when...

In mid-July New England roadsides are lined with day lilies.  I cannot tell you how beautiful they are.  My vocabulary isn't expansive enough to describe how they turn mundane old roads into showcases of botanical loveliness.  I wish I could import them to all of...

I am sitting here with an old friend, Dagwood Bumstead.  I have known Dagwood since before I could read.  I would look at the pictures and little by little I figured out the words.  Somehow Dagwood and Blondie haven't aged.  They raised Alexander and Cookie...

While mowing the lawn with an electric mower, someone in our house who will remain unnamed ran over the wire.  Instant silence.  Without the connection the mower ceased to be useful.  John 15 came rushing to the forefront of my brain.  Unless we are connected...

Every  Presidential inauguration is always followed by multiple inaugural balls--sometimes as many as a dozen or more.   Celebrating is important to us.  Yet it doesn't seem to be merely a human activity.  In Luke 15 Jesus regales us with stories of redemption and lifts...