The Christian world observes today, April 3, as Good Friday.  It is the day which falls three days before Easter Day, allowing for the biblical story that on the third day after Jesus of Nazareth was crucified he arose from the dead. The day of Easter is fixed by a formula established in the early […]

CREMATE [KREE-meyt]: to reduce a dead body to ashes by fire


A question which is before people as they age is their desire regarding the care of their body after death.   Some would say it’s a ghoulish conversation, but for family members who have to make decisions, it’s a very practical matter.  If death is sudden, without any indication of its imminence, and there is no […]

INDEPENDENT: to be unconstrained by affiliations


Standing atop the magnificent State House of the State of Rhode Island is a statue created by artist George T. Brewster, and placed in this highly-conspicuous place in 1899.   Originally it was thought that a statue of the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, should dominate the State House cupulo. But further  conversation led to […]

MITRE: a Pentecost hat

Today is the Feast of Pentecost throughout the Christian world.   It is the fiftieth day after Easter, and is remembered as the day on which the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles.   To explain that further,  it is reported that Jesus had promised that he was going to depart from his Disciples after appearing to […]