The Beauty Of The Rainbow

It’s not often you see a sight like this at Worthington High School: all the Caucasian kids sitting on one side of the room, all the students of color on the other side. But that was the strange and oddly jarring scene that greeted me when I arrived at the WHS choir room one afternoon…
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Packing It Up

If you are a person whose house is purged of ribbons, wrapping paper, candy canes, balsam firs, colored lights and all things red and green by 12:01 a.m. each Dec. 26 or, unfailingly, at least by New Year’s Day, go ahead and stop reading now–this column is just not for you. If, however, you are…
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Bursting With Loyalty

By some standards, I am a very loyal person. Namely, judging by the number of “loyalty cards” causing my so-called slimfold (now more “jumbo-sized”) wallet to nearly burst at its seams, or by the quantity of conveniently sized rectangular plastic doo-hickeys affixed to my keychain (it would be more accurate to call it a “card…
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The Christmas Clarinet

Have you ever felt like one of the unwanted playthings from the Island of Misfit Toys?  You know, that sad, rather mystical place where Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer lands for a time and discovers a troupe of dispirited toys–a spotted elephant, a “Charlie-in-the box,” a choo-choo train with square wheels and a bird that swims,…
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Come “nigh” To The Manger

If it’s December, you know what’s going on (besides frenzied shopping, frantic Christmas card writing, loads of baking and “cleaning for company”)–Sunday School Christmas pageants in churches of all denominations.  Although I lack a teacher’s temperament, some years ago I nevertheless landed an unlooked-for gig as a piano accompanist and assistant with our church’s children’s…
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