Live Your Gifts

One of my favorite columns in Hanover Magazine is Q&A. I should probably never put my byline on Q&A because the fine people featured technically write it. Their words, their hopes, their humor, sometimes their fears, fill the pages. Their words are quite often better than mine. This issue’s Q&A about Diana Klunk is no exception. During a time when tensions in our country and around the world threaten to dull even the sun...

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Dedicated To….
Jan16

Dedicated To….

Throughout February, I tend to pull out one of my favorite collections: book dedications. To me, they represent a powerful expression of love, gratitude, humor and humility. Authors become poets as they carefully select the words, the phrase, the fonts and, sometimes, even the spacing to convey emotional volumes in a thimble. (One of my favorite length exceptions is the dedication page for A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony...

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Take Time to Remember
Nov07

Take Time to Remember

As part of the Liberation of New Oxford event in September, ten WWII veterans were recognized for their service and treated as guests of honor. Two veterans who live in New Oxford couldn’t attend because of their health, but the commemorative re-enactment (that included a USO dance in the New Oxford Borough Hall) was one of many powerful ways to better understand the risks, the losses and the triumphs associated with defending the...

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Never Too Late
Sep01

Never Too Late

My mother-in-law, Pearl, is 94-years-old and she rises each day thankful for everything: God’s grace, the ability to get out of bed, the strength of four senses while one fades, belly laughs with friends and family. She appreciates hearing aids, closed captioned telephones, transportation for seniors who want to go see a play or go to the store; you name it, and Pearl does not take it for granted. Pearl is a woman who rises to really...

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Savor Summer
Jul01

Savor Summer

I hope that when you pick up this issue of Hanover Magazine you are sitting beside a pool or your toes are in beach sand. I hope that the issue makes it to the table on the screen porch and you dive into the pages multiple times. Heck – binge read. It’s summer time. It’s that magical time for plunging into pools, staring at the stars and reuniting with family and friends. Love seems more likely, hot dogs taste better and ice cream...

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Ride the Wave of Melody

There has to be a special place for those who renovate old theaters and bring the arts back to the stage. Just the way hymns and sermons revive congregations, the ballet, the symphony, comedy, and plays inspire audiences to rise up to their potential and perhaps even reach out to others who need a lift. Majestic centers like the Eichelberger, and all that unfolds on her stage and throughout the building, are the heart that keeps the...

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