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13 May 2022

Hand Weights. Stretching. Walking. Gym in the Apartment.
All songs by Stevie Wonder.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Superstition
You Are the Sunshine of My Life
Living for the CIty
I Just Called to Say I Love You
For Once in My Life
Happy Birthday
My Cherie Amour
Have a Talk with God
Sir Duke
Isn’t She Lovely
Black Man
Blowin’ in the Wind

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Purple flowers, Germantown 20

18 April 2022
Germantown, Louisville, Kentucky

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12 April 2022

Walking. Hand weights. North East, Maryland.
Me Gustan los Estudiantes – Tia Parra
Broken Crown – Mumford & Sons
Peace and Power – Joanne Shenandoah
Grand March from Aida – Leonard Bernstein & New York Philharmonic
Kabigan – Lea Salonga
Warrior Death Song – Native Americans
Tre Sarr Te Chuni Kali – Shazia Manzoor
The Load-Out/Stay – Jackson Browne
Lost Somebody – A Tribe Called Quest
Pamela, Pamela – Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders
Ain’t Got You – Bruce Springsteen
Going Mobile – The Who
This Ain’t Livin – 2Pac
By the Time I Get to Arizona – Public Enemy

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26 March 2022

Third Movement of the Violin Concerto by Aram Khachaturian, arranged for flute – Sean Koenig
Hello, Dolly! – 2017 Broadway Cast of Hello, Dolly! & Bette Midler
I’ve Decided to Marry You – Lauren Worsham, Lisa O’Hare & Bryce Pinkham
Wouldn’t It Be Loverly – Julie Andrews
A Weekend in the Country – A Little Night Music Ensemble
Under the Sea – Samuel E. Wright
I Am What I Am – Donald Pippin & George Hearn
I’m Here – Cynthia Erivo
One Hand, One Heart – Matt Cavenaugh & Josefina Scaglion3
Do-Re-Mi – Mary Martin, Lauri Peters, William Snowden, Kathy Dunn, Joseph Stewart, Marilyn Rogers, Mary Susan Locke & Evanna Lien
Your Daddy’s Son – Audra McDonald
Ease On Down the Road – The Wiz
Everything Old Is New Again – Hugh Jackman, Patrick Vaccariello & Various Artists
Ya Got Trouble – Robert Preston
Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

Happy Birthday – Sean

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20 February 2022

Walking. Germantown.
Stretching. Gym in the Apartment.
Knee Bone – Ranky Tanky
Fight for Your Rights – Chili Most
The Mission – Black Violin
Songs of the Underground Railroad – John Coltrane Quartet
Blood and Bones – Our Native Daughters
Better Get It Right the First Time – Rhiannon Giddens
Welcome to the Terrordome – Public Enemy
State of the Nation – George Clinton
Sometimes It Snows in April – Prince
The Love I Never Had – Mary J. Bilge
A Song for Assata – Common (feat. Cee-Lo)

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16 January 2020

Walking.. Stretching. NK Body Philosophy. Gym in the Apartment.
Will You Love Me Tomorrow – The Shirelles
Stay – Yuna
Shady Grove – Yola
Luck Be a Lady – Robert Alda
The Owl and the Eagle – Jack Gladstone
Albatross – Judy Collins
Mana Ma’Ohi – Matato’a
Figures – Unchained XL
A Home – The Chicks
There’s a Kind of Hush – Ed Ames
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2
Put Your Records On – Corinne Bailey Rae
Sunshine – Earth, Wind & Fire
Overture (Part Two) – Quincy Jones
Moonshadow – Cat Stevens
It Happens Everyday – Carly Simon
Cello Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 109: I. Allegro – Steven Isserlis & Connie Shih

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13 January 2022

Walking. Gym in the Apartment.
Banner – Run River North
Drawing the Line – Royal Pirates
Butterfly – Jessica & KRYSTAL
Roses – Annalé Roses
Honestly – Eric Nam
Gotta Work – Amerie
Dream (Live) – Priscilla Ahn
Persona – Luna
Human Nature – Tiger
Good Bye Sadness, Hello Happiness – Yoonmirae
Every Last Drop – Dumbfoundead
Goodbye – Sam Ock
Come Over – MRSHLL (feat. pH-1)
It’s Me – Kahi (feat. Dumbfoundead)
Wounded – Jessi Lee

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8 January 2022

Walking.. Stretching. NK Body Philosophy. Gym in the Apartment.
Remembering Sidney Poitier.
Around and Around – Chuck Berry
Friendship Train – Gladys Knight & The Pips
Love and Affection – Joan Armatrading
The Queen of Argyll – Silly Wizard
Street Livin’ – Black Eyed Peas
Requiem for a Dying Song – Flogging Molly
One Vision – Queen
You Don’t Know Like I Know – Sam & Dave
Traffic Jam – James Taylor
Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground – Willie Nelson
The Dark Slender Boy – The Sands Family
Anyone Can Be Somebody’s Fool – Nancy Griffith
Our Mothers Built This City – John McCutcheon & Tom Chapin
Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin
Give Us a Flag – Richie Havens
Blue Suede Shoes – Black 47
The Hardest Time – Los Lobos
Overture from Porgy and Bess – Andre Previn
Call Me Mr. Tibbs (main title) – Quincy Jones
In the Heat of the Night – Ray Charles
To Sir with Love – Lulu

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A Spot of Tea or the Cup of Christ

Perhaps I should have felt disappointed.  Our tea with Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu was canceled.  I had looked forward to this visit.  We were to meet him and to share tea with him at his home on Bishop’s Court.  However, his schedule became very hectic during the days when we were in Cape Town.  Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that the Archbishop had to change his hectic schedule.  I complain about how full my calendar gets – imagine what his looks like!  At any rate, the tea with our group from Cleveland was dropped from Archbishop Tutu’s schedule because he had to go to Johannesburg during that time.

This photo, by Benny Gool, is in the public domain, according to the Archbishop’s personal assistant.

On Thursday, November 2, we rose early.  We arrived at St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town for the 8:00 am All Soul’s Day mass.  Archbishop Tutu was the celebrant.  Brightness and life beamed from him as he prayed his way through the mass.  When the time came to pass the peace, he came among us and wished the peace of Christ upon us.  The service continued.  The moment of the Eucharist arrived. We made our way forward. From the hands of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, we received the host.  From his eyes, loved shone on each person. From his face, welcome emanated, surrounding us each and all and embracing the world.  

As the service ended, Archbishop Tutu asked that we be introduced to the congregation of about thirty or so.  He greeted us warmly.  We presented him with a “Rainbow Children” stole.  In joy he put it on.  We could sense his excitement although he did manage to refrain from dancing!  It took an effort.  Then he asked if we were really from the United States – because no one was ready to take pictures.  The cameras came out and, with gracious exuberance, Archbishop Tutu posed with the group and with each of us individually.  Then he was gone.

Perhaps I should feel disappointed.  But I do not.  If you had a choice between sharing with Archbishop Desmond Tutu either a spot of tea or the cup of Christ – how would you choose?

For the life and faith and love of witness of Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu, thanks be to God.

Cape Town, South Africa
2 November 1995
revised
North East, Maryland
26 December 2021

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Nine years and three days: remembering Cindy Bolbach

This is a repost to remind myself and to give a heads-up to my loyal reader(s) to mark our calendars now. Next year, at 20:10 in whatever time zones we might be, I will invite us all to lift a glass in memory of Ruling Elder Cynthia (Cindy) Bolbach.

Nine years. And three days. The vagaries of time make it feel like yesterday and like a lifetime ago, all in the same moment.

Ruling Elder Cynthia Bolbach, moderator of the 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) died on 12-12-12 in the afternoon. This post was written on that day at a time before I knew of her death. That explains the tense of the post.

I did something today I have never done before.

I stood in silence for five minutes.

I am not big on pomp and circumstance and formality. A South African friend once observed that I can be a bit “cheeky” to those in authority. For some reason everyone who has heard that assessment has agreed with it. Go figure.

I stood in silence today for five minutes in honor of Cindy Bolbach.

The tradition in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is to stand when the General Assembly moderator enters the room. Almost every moderator in my memory has encouraged people not to do so. Most of the time most of them meant it. Yet the tradition persists – in honor of the person and even more so in respect of the office. And while it is not my favorite thing, I take part.

Today, without being asked, without being prompted, I chose to stand in silence for five minutes in honor of Cindy Bolbach – moderator of the 219th General Assembly (2010).

I watched her election from the back of the auditorium in Minneapolis. My son Sean and I leaned against the wall.

A period of questions and answers precedes the voting. Commissioners (the folks with the votes) pose questions and the individuals standing (we’re Presbyterian, we don’t run) respond. The questions deal with theology, issues before the church, and issues in the world.

At one point, a question was posed along the lines of: “What would happen to the church, if you were not elected and one of the other candidates were?”

One by one the candidates offered replies praising the others and noting that the church did not depend on their election. Then Cindy Bolbach stepped to the mike. I do not remember her exact words, but the essence was:

There will be utter chaos.

The Assembly erupted in laughter. Sean turned to me and said, “She just won, didn’t she?”

The Assembly still had to vote. But Cindy did win. And I believe her sparkling humor that bristles with wisdom played a key role.

I stood in silence today for five minutes in honor of Cindy Bolbach.

Cindy is a woman of incredible faith, deep love, amazing grace, and an incredible wit. She lives daily her commitment to Christ, to the Church, to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) , to all people, and to God’s world. She mixes simplicity and profound sincerity with a capability to navigate complexity and controversy. I am privileged to know her. The Church (in all its manifestations) is blessed by her presence.

For most of this year, Cindy has struggled against cancer. The struggle cut short her ability to attend events but it never dampened her spirits (at least in public). She wore a fedora to the 220th General Assembly (2012) and she wore it well.

This morning came the news that Cindy has entered hospice care. And I stood for five minutes in her honor.

But in the silence it came to me that another way – a better way – to honor Cindy Bolbach – is to give thanks to God for Cindy – to entrust Cindy to God’s merciful care – to pray for her without ceasing – then to get back about the business of ministry. I am pretty sure that is what she would want. So it is what I have done.

When Cindy returns to the dust, as we all will someday do, I will shed more tears. But I will also proclaim “Alleluia.”

When Cindy returns to the dust, as we all will someday do, there will be utter chaos. But in the chaos there will be love and there will be grace and there will be God. And all will be well for Cindy. And all will be well for us. Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

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