Monthly Archives: May 2014

Party Girl

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For the past 22 years,  it has been my honor at Carthage’s commencement exercises to lead in the audience in the singing of John Ylvasaker’s hymn “Borning Cry” -  but that changed this year when it was decided to eliminate the hymn from what is already, admittedly, a very lengthy ceremony.  I was sad to

Happy Displacement

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What is it that has the power to take you back to another time or place?  Is it the aroma of a fresh apple pie baking in the oven, which transports you back to the kitchen of your grandmother - or the pungent smell of turpentine which in an instant evokes your dad’s basement workshop? 

Best In Show

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I’ve been speaking in superlatives about the Racine Theater Guild’s production of Les Miserables almost from the get-go, and have gone as far as to say that this is the greatest thing I’ve ever been part of - and the greatest thing that’s ever been seen on a stage in Racine.  It might seem reckless

Fry Day, May 16th, 2014

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5:20 a.m. - I am out of bed a half hour earlier than usual, just to get a jump on what I know will be an especially long and challenging day. 6:27 a.m. -  I bypass my usual Egg McMuffin in favor of a Steak McMuffin,  figuring that I’ll have no problem whatso- ever sweating

One for All

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  In the midst of a really fantastic weekend (which included a thrilling 140th anniversary Carthage band concert, an exciting Carthage choral concert,  and a beautiful Mother’s Day/Springtime Celebration service at Holy Communion) I have to say that one tiny moment that really stands out for me was a brief chat I had with a

“My heart will be blessed . . . “

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Although my every waking moment seems to be occupied by “Les Miserables” at the Racine Theater Guild and “Cosi fan tutte” at Carthage (both of which open this Friday night) I found time amidst all the craziness to travel down to Chicago this past Tuesday night to see the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of