I did not think about my death very much until my mother unexpectedly died when I was fifteen. It was a tremendous shock and brought a painful awareness of the reality of life.
Upon hearing about the theory of evolution, the wife of the Bishop of Worcester said, “Let us hope it is not true, but if it is, let us pray that it does not become generally known.” Well, as far as I am concerned, even today it is not well known enough. So I shout, “Happy Darwin Day!!!” And what are you doing to celebrate? Have you strung the gorilla garlands around the fireplace? Cooked your primordial pea stew? Brought donated copies of Origins of the Species down to the local school library?
After three days attending the National Leaders Council meeting in New Jersey, I was honored to join over 350 people for the rededication of the home of the New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYSEC). Designed by Art Nouveau style pioneer architect Robert Kohn, a life-long member of NYSEC, the building was completed in 1910.
A major project of Rosemary Klein’s presidency is the writing of a history of The Baltimore Ethical Society, a project inspired by the September platform address by Antero Pietila, author of the book “Not in My Neighborhood.” As one of the senior members of BES, I was asked by Rosemary if I would serve as the “gathering point” for putting such […]
This month’s Ethical Action Spotlight is turned on Kathleen Wilsbach and a little lesson she shared with me about the spirit of holiday giving, especially when the gift is a goat, cow or pig!