Category Archives: Commentary

Touch Hands

I’m trusting that those of you who celebrate the ritual and holiday traditions of Christmas had a joyous gathering and a sacred ceremony honoring the Christ Conscience that buds and abounds in each of us. I did, but this year it came through the evidential kindness of courtesy and humor. I was fortunate enough to be with family, both biological and extended and it was wonderful. Here’s what I noticed this year. It does not mean it did not occur in other years, but only…

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Twas The Night Before Christmas

By Clement Moore Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the houseNot a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds,While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap. When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,I sprang from the bed…

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Snow and Sleigh

With this day of new cold and still new snow on the ground. I want to share with you a poem I call “Sleigh Ride.” It took place in Danbury, Connecticut many years ago. A weathered barn in withered red, stands clear with in memory, and every time it starts to snow old thoughts return to Danbury. It was a barn like no other, mystic, magic, somehow sereneWith tack and harness set in place, yet something else that can’t be seen. An inner warmth, an…

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Happy Hanukkah

A few years ago on a peaceful street in a small Pennsylvania town the spirit of the holiday season was ripped from its bucolic revelry. The homes on Water Lily Way in Newtown were few, only eighteen, but they were festooned with colorful decorations of lights and garland and blinking wishes of peace on earth. One house was different. The Markovitz family was Jewish and placed a lighted menorah in the window. It was one of those years, like this year, when Christmas and Hanukkah…

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