As I think about the future my thoughts take me to the distinguished members of the Class of 2019 and to a famous painting created by Titian, a 16th-century Venetian artist. Titian created a work known as “An Allegory of Prudence.” The artist desired to communicate what it means to be prudent.
kay, now that I have your attention allow me to proceed. The Persian Gulf War is still part of our contemporary history. As our armed forces mobilized a momentum started to build up which we knew would reach a climax.
They were young (he was 19, she was 18), handsome and very much in love. One day while looking through the Sunday newspaper they spotted a full-page ad. It announced the annual kissing contest to take place at the senior high school in town. The object of the contest was to determine which couple could remain locked in a kiss the longest.
Back in the 1970’s “All in the Family” was the leading situation comedy in the nation. The program flourished in the wake of the civil rights movement. You can still see reruns on television. Archie Bunker was its main protagonist and America laughed at all of his flaws, his narrow-mindedness, and arrogance. We laughed at his irrational logic and America laughed and cried at the man’s bigotry. Archie Bunker had created his own reality, created in his image.
It was the Sunday before Christmas and a precocious four-year-old boy, attending Sunday school class, told his teacher, “There are some poor kids next to us who have no daddy, no toys and no aunt Jane.” The young Sunday school teacher felt that she had identified a teachable moment. She seized the opportunity and asked … Continue reading LET THERE BE PEACE!
And so, the story goes that the young missionary living in a land far, far away was daydreaming. In his daydream state, he was imagining what a meeting would be like with the chief of a cannibal tribe that he was planning to visit that week. He imagined asking the cannibal chief: “Do you people … Continue reading In Your Dreams
It feels incredible that we have now had nearly twenty years for the experience to settle into our collective consciousness. I guess that we could rename the terrorists “the equal opportunity destroyers.” When those four massive airliners crashed into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and the open field in Pennsylvania, all the innocent victims shared in one common, terrifying moment. That experience eliminated all social, religious, economic, racial and ethnic differences that may have existed. All the souls that perished, perished equally.