I checked my Facebook feed Saturday morning and it was filled with expressions of support for President Obama’s recent gun control speech which I found ironic because at the moment I was waiting in line to buy a shotgun. The gun store was full of customers, which is what happens every time Obama talks about […]


The Credo is the longest part of Schubert’s Mass in G. It is also my favorite. Musically, it breaks down into an A-B-A pattern: first a gentle contemplation of the Trinity, then a dramatic section on the life of Christ, followed by a return to the Trinity, human salvation, and eternal life. One can imagine […]

After the meditative Kyrie we saw a couple of days ago, Schubert decides to knock the audience off its feet with this: The stark contrast is intentional, and it gives a taste of the fantastic musical range in this work. This is a fine energetic young choir, my only critique would be that they should […]


The American Chestnut was once known as The King of Trees: it is the tallest species of chestnut tree, easily reaching 90 feet and taller. Its wood is strong, light and rot-resistant and was used for everything from fence-rails to furniture. Its nuts are sweeter than the European version, and were used not only for […]

Back in the Spring I had the pleasure of singing Schubert’s Mass in G with a local choir, Harvard Pro Musica (Harvard the inland rural Massachusetts town, not the University.) I wish I could insert our performance, but I’d rather not pay for the audio embedding add-on. I’ll just use some other choir’s YouTube version. […]

Tongue firmly planted in cheek, Rod Dreher asked on his blog: what, besides the existence of aliens, is the biggest secret the government keeps from us? Among the jocular responses was this gem, which I think sums up the key weakness of our Federal Government: I have seen the flow of information around Washington up close for […]


Bartlett Pond was built a century ago by damming the Wekepeke Brook, a tributary of the Nashua River, in order to power the saws of a furniture mill. Wekepeke Brook is actually the last remnant of Wekepeke Lake, a glacial lake that at one time covered the town of Sterling, Massachusetts, and large parts of […]


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