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Conversations with Abraham

June 9, 2013


Last Saturday, Abraham Lincoln confided in me. “Good generals are few and far between. I have to keep telling them ‘Pursue the enemy when they retreat.’ Most of these generals get the enemy to retreat, but then think the job is done and they can rest. If we want to win this war, we have […]

The Hotel Zouave

June 5, 2013


Accordion music suffused with the murmur of men conversing grows stronger as I approach the white linen tent on the common. Red, white and blue adorn the tent. The sign over the entrance declares “Hotel Zouave”. Four muskets lean up against each other in front of the tent, bayonet tips meeting at the top, standing […]

Sesquicentennial Scenes

June 4, 2013


June 1, 2013. Volunteers portraying members of the 6th Maine Light Artillery regiment wheel the cannon out into the open area of Lynn Common in front of the Frederick Douglass Memorial bandstand. An Infantryman pushes a plunger into the maw of the cannon, packing in the projectile, hopefully nothing lethal. A boy approaches with a […]

A Memorial Day Tale

May 30, 2011


After more than a week of overcast rainy weather, you appreciate the sun. But out on the Lynnway, the sound of rubber on asphalt seems to supercharge the heat. The sun bleaches everything, including the white concrete overpass. On a late May afternoon, it is relentless. At first, I was just going to cycle to […]

Kitchari Kirtan comes to Swampscott!

February 9, 2011


On February 11 from 6:30 – 10:00 p.m., come to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn for a special evening of celebration through food, chanting and community as Kitchari Kirtan offered by Tamal Krishna das and Clarence Dow comes to Swampscott for the first time! Even as the Earth begins to turn back towards the Sun, winter is […]

Sufis and Jews: A Shared Musical Tradition

February 5, 2011


The Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn is pleased to sponsor and host an afternoon of exploring the everyday connections between Jewish and Muslim communities of the Middle East over the past four centuries. In particular, the setting of Hebrew devotional poetry to Turkish Makam music for use in the synagogue demonstrates the deep connections […]

Ramadan Mubarak

September 10, 2010


“Ramadan Mubarak” is the customary greeting within Islam to wish someone a “Happy” Ramadan. Translated, it means “blessed Ramadan.” Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is a time of fasting, prayer and charity. According to tradition, the Qur’an was revealed to the prophet Muhammad during the month of Ramadan. The Islamic […]