American Tradition Speaks This Memorial Day — Thoreau and Lowell

By: Monday May 27, 2013 1:40 pm

There are several dates for Confederate Memorial Day. The April 26 date celebrates the surrender of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston at Bennett Place near Durham, which effectively ended to war. The May 10 date, the surrender of Jefferson Davis or the death of Stonewall Jackson in 1863. As a Southerner, I cannot help but notice the romantic and sentimental celebration of “Lost” in these memorials of “The Lost Cause”. In contrast to the triumphalistic Northern Memorial Day prior to World War I.

Silent Day

By: Sunday December 25, 2011 9:30 am

I bet the Earth and all its critters love Christmas day. Not the religious part, particularly. But, with due respect for those of us who follow different paths, Christmas is pretty close to an international holiday. And that means as we emerge into the sun on Christmas day, the place is quieter than any other day of the year. You can almost hear the planet sigh.

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