Celebrating Second Childhood with Patrick and Friends

Celebrating Second Childhood with Patrick and Friends

Ah, retirement! After 48 years, work was feeling like a bad habit I’d fallen into and couldn’t escape. Morning after morning, my husband Chris and I reluctantly but obediently got out of bed at 5:30 AM to go somewhere we didn’t want to go to do something we didn’t...
One Saturday Night in the Chapel

One Saturday Night in the Chapel

April 1970 In the middle of our college campus, between the school’s two oldest dormitories, was a small decaying Gothic chapel. It was the kind of building which would delight a medievalist like me. The large blackened stone of the building seemed to grow right up...
Father Christmas Spreads Holiday Cheer

Father Christmas Spreads Holiday Cheer

We knew Christmas was coming when Dad took the decorations out of the attic. Although there was a lot of pleasure in handling the old wreaths, which were slightly crushed from years of packing and unpacking and still carried their own peculiar fragrance, I always had...