| Jul 18, 2013
| 5:57 AM
Virginia Thorndike strolls through the garden in front of her Monkton home each morning, carefully observing the ways the flowers have changed from the previous day.
She sums up the feeling that overcomes her: "Gratitude."
Thorndike designed her...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 11:25 AM
I confess that, directed by your letters, I do not write enough about Islam or Muslim spiritual life. To help to correct my lacuna, I've decided not to let the holy Muslim month of Ramadan pass this year without sending along to all of you...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 9:29 AM
Like Passover and Easter, it is a cornerstone religious holiday and a movable feast based on the phases of the moon. Like Passover and Easter, the people who celebrate it identify themselves as the spiritual children of Abraham.
The religious observance...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 9:00 AM
"Judas Maccabaeus" is the Hanukkah "Messiah."
Or it would be if choral groups had an equal-oratorio policy with Handel. Such a policy, in addition, would give us regular airings of another 23 Handel oratorios, all late works (the composer turned to...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 8:28 AM
As a kid growing up Catholic, my meatless-Friday options included canned tuna, grilled cheese, tomato soup and whatever nasty fish my mom would slap in a fry pan.
Mind you, I grew up Old School Catholic. Back then, we still had limbo, purgatory was...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 1:10 PM
Amid the ongoing legal fights over same-sex marriage and the growing acceptance of homosexuals and their rights, there remains an area where gay participation remains controversial: the annual rite of spring known as the St. Patrick’s Day parade....
| Feb 28, 2014
| 12:17 PM
When is a twist on something so different that it doesn't resemble the original at all? This might be one of those times.
When Lenten observances demand a meatless meal, the pepper and egg sandwich is a favorite for its fat strips of sauteed green...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 12:22 PM
Lent is a time when less can mean more, especially in the kitchen. Going without need not be faced with a frown. Let dietary restrictions spur creativity and boost flavor, however modest the meal.
Fish, for those whose faith traditions permit it, can...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 3:01 PM
Lent, a religious season that is about so much more than avoiding chocolate, is drawing near.
For many in the Christian faith, Lent is a time to reflect on the awful journey toward death that led to Jesus' crucifixion. One question that arises often on...
| Mar 2, 2014
| 5:27 AM
MOSCOW -- Russian gunmen on the Crimean peninsula and the embattled new Ukrainian government in Kiev continued to escalate a dangerous confrontation Sunday, with both sides mobilizing armed forces and warning that the other was provoking war.
| Mar 4, 2014
| 9:38 AM
For those of you who think Mardi Gras is just about free pancakes and colorful beads, think again. Mardi Gras, which literally means Fat Tuesday, is deeply embedded in the Christian ethos, with a rich tradition of carefree, excessive pleasure and acting...