For a Time of Transition: 3 Versions of the Litany of Humility in Song

The transition of presidential power is always a fascinating phenomenon, one I've watched on television since I was a child. Winners and losers are called upon to behave well, and in general on such a historic day, they do their best. We watch, commentators comment, and life for little people goes on. We've seen the … Continue reading For a Time of Transition: 3 Versions of the Litany of Humility in Song

Links to Booklist Builders for a Still-Incomplete Education

My Grandma Ted was a working class woman. Her husband was a textile factory loom fixer and she was a secretary.  They raised my mom and uncle, scraping for every cent. A whiz at shorthand, Grandma's boss once asked her to take notes at a business meeting at an expensive hotel. When she went to the … Continue reading Links to Booklist Builders for a Still-Incomplete Education

Listening to Handel While the Nations Rage

The song in my head isn't on Spotify's top playlists, but a simple search provides dozens of versions. Enduringly relevant, the original text (Psalm 2) was written in Hebrew a thousand years before Christ. Its English translation came some 1600 years after him. George Frederick Handel composed the melody, an aria for bass, in 1747. … Continue reading Listening to Handel While the Nations Rage