April 2016

Getting Wealthier and Wealthier

I love to read almost anything that promises me “5 (or 11 or 27) Ways To … get thinner, fatter, smarter, thriftier, cleverer, MORE beautiful (because it’s hard to be MORE gorgeous than we already are, right?), be a better parent, take better care of my house, and/or increase national security and world peace from the comfort of my side of the bed. I love lists. Not sure if I am proud of this, but it’s the truth so let’s go with that.

I decided that within my new and improved website I will have lists, from time to time, about how (through much hard work and steadfast discipline, you’ll see) I am getting Wealthier and Wealthier.

Light a Fire

September 9, 2006 This was the last column I wrote for the Racine Journal Times. In the week that followed this, I received a letter from the paper informing that as a cost-cutting measure they were dismissing their non-staff writers. I was surprised although, truth told, I had started working fulltime coordinating the jail employment program just the month before so it was a relief to no longer write a weekly column.

St. Lucy's Day

The hymn "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" is from the St. James of Jerusalem liturgy, written in the 4th century. Copies of it have been found both in both Greek and Syriac languages The hymn and liturgy is used to this day within the Orthodox Christian Church. On the Sunday after Christmas, in Jerusalem, it is recited by the people in the church, then chanted by the priest as the bread and wine are brought into the sanctuary.

In 1864 Gerard Moultrie translated it into English for use in Anglican services. Moultrie lived in England, but his family roots were in South Carolina. His grandfather had been a general and then governor of that colony, but was upset when the Americans won the Revolution, and moved his family back to England. Apparently there is a Fort Moultrie in South Carolina, named in honor of old General-Governor Moultrie. Interesting that we have a fort named after a Tory.

"Let All Mortal Flesh" is an amazing hymn. If you sing it slow, it's filled with solemn, almost scary, dignity. if you sing it fast, it's just plain fierce.