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May 9

Mary A. Lathbury, 1841–1913
  Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the mighty One of Israel. (Isaiah 30:29 KJV)
  Those evening clouds, that setting ray, and beauteous tints, sure to display their great Creator’s praise;
  Then let the short-lived thing called man, whose life’s comprised within a span, to Him his homage raise.
—Sir Walter Scott
It is so easy to lose oneself in the majestic spectacles of the setting sun as it slowly fades over the horizon—yet forget to praise God, the source of all beauty. Mary Lathbury reminds us to “wait and worship” the “Lord most high” as we stand in awe at the passing of each day.
With a desire to encourage religious and cultural activities, Miss Lathbury worked with others to establish the Chautauqua Movement on the shores of beautiful Lake Chautauqua near Jamestown, New York. She became af…
May 9


Out of respect for the dead, Marilyn Manson canceled his (its?) singing (screaming?) engagements for the rest of the year. The National Rifle Association shortened its convention in Denver and a television network pulled a show from its lineup that had a school shooting in Denver as the story line.

Why? Two boys took up arms and maliciously, in cold blood, killed 12 innocent children and one courageous teacher. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain suffered by those families. This Mother’s Day, my heart goes out to the people of Littleton, Colorado.

What’s the answer? Gun control? More laws and regulations? Censorship of violent video games, rock music and movies? Medal detectors in the schools? Armed policeman patrolling the hallways? Corporal punishment? Putting prayer back in the schools?

Talking heads and pundits are filling the airwaves with their opinions about the cause and the cure of this madness. Out of respect for the dead, I’ll not use this tragedy as an …