The Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll

Thursday, March 21, 2019

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The very first rock ’n’ roll concert was staged on March 21, 1952, in Cleveland, Ohio. It was called the Moondog Coronation Ball and featured guitarist Tiny Grimes and His Rocking Highlanders, saxophonist Paul Williams and His Hucklebuckers, Billy Ward and His Dominoes, singer Varetta Dillard, and Danny Cobb. The concert was the idea of local radio DJ Alan Freed, the same man who popularized the phrase rock ’n’ roll. On the night of the show, 20,000 people showed up with tickets, but the venue held only half the number. Tickets had been counterfeited. Afraid of a riot, the fire department stopped the concert after only one performance.

A Shakespearean Mystery

Monday, March 18, 2019

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For a week in March each year, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, celebrates the life of William Shakespeare. From March 18 to 24, fans of the bard are invited to visit the Shakespeare family home and view his many famous works. However, there are some who believe that William Shakespeare did not write
the many plays and sonnets that he is credited for. These doubters assert the existence of an alternate writer.

Toward the end of the 19th century, some scholars began to doubt the identity of William Shakespeare. At first, these doubters were thought to be crackpots. Over the years, the conspiracy gained traction. In 2007, a group of Shakespeare skeptics, consisting of performers and scholars, made an official “Declaration of Reasonable Doubt.” Ample evidence exists to prove that Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon and became a well-known actor
and theater-owner in his time. But these skeptics believe that there is simply not enough evidence to prove that this Shakespeare was the same man who wrote so many famous works. They believe Shakespeare’s modest upbringing could not have afforded him the quality education that such a talented writer would have needed. The true author, they argue, must have been a traveler, writer, or aristocrat such as philosopher Francis Bacon, poet Christopher Marlowe, or Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford.

Of course, Shakespeare has a wealth of defenders, too. They argue that Shakespeare’s elementary education would have been adequate for his talents. Paper evidence may not exist because paper was a scarce resource back then
and no one would have kept scraps of notes or letters. It instead would have been reused. Regardless of your belief in Shakespeare’s identity, Shakespeare Week may be a time to enjoy the bard’s words rather than question his good name.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

“From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard: This is my beloved Son, hear him.” Matthew 17:5
How many times have we, upon witnessing a colleague’s or friend’s response to a situation, thought quietly to ourselves of the myriad ways we would have responded differently, or played out what we would do in his or [more…]

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The Patterns of Life

Friday, March 15, 2019

The third Saturday in March has been designated Worldwide Quilting Day, a global celebration of quilters and their fabulous creations. Quilts began not as the intricately patterned blankets we often use today, but as padded clothing. The first evidence we have of humans wearing quilted clothing comes from ancient Egypt. Quilted clothes were uncovered at [more…]

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Lenten Reflection: First Sunday of Lent

Sunday, March 10, 2019

One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.Matthew 4:4
On a hillside by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus taught his disciples the only prayer he would teach. It is deceptively simple and familiar enough that most Christians may not even notice the words as they [more…]

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The March of Women’s History

Saturday, March 9, 2019

The month of March is Women’s History Month, in recognition of women and their impact on culture and society all around the world. The movement to establish recognition of women’s history began in Sonoma, California, in the 1970s. A group of women formed the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Ash Wednesday begins the Christian celebration of Lent. Forty days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to prepare believers for the celebration of Easter. A part of Lent is the call to quiet and reflection. A call to still ourselves and consider our faith lives. We cease searching and striving for the external markers of success [more…]

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Mardi Gras: Religious Roots to Raucous Parties

Monday, March 4, 2019

As March arrives, many look forward to the holidays of St. Patrick’s Day and Mardi Gras. Yet both of these holidays are more modern American inventions than age-old religious traditions.
St. Patrick’s Day, as a religious celebration, has a lengthy history. It dates back to the mid-17th century
and was initiated to honor Saint Patrick and his [more…]

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Founder’s Day 2019

Monday, March 4, 2019

What a celebration to commemorate our 77th anniversary in honor of the innovative legacy initiated by Monsignor Gilbert P. Jennings. We gathered with residents, staff, board members, donors and our extended Jennings family for a special Mass followed by a delicious brunch. Our special thanks to Father Andy Turner and Deacon Dan Galla for concelebrating [more…]

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Resident cooking club hosts dinner party

Monday, February 25, 2019

Guess who’s coming to dinner? The Resident Cooking Club hosted their first dinner party and prepared a delicious meal. They sent invitations to a few staff members and board members to be their guests for dinner, and created a lovely tablescape to welcome them. Upon gathering together at the table everyone shared their “highs and [more…]

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