The Museum of the Bible opened in Washington, DC last November. The owner is Steve Green, who also owns Hobby Lobby. Green is a conservative Evangelical who is anti-gay and anti-choice. He appears to seek political influence and to court the press. Some of the recent press was negative because he … [Read more...] about The Museum of the Bible
Last weekend we took an overnight trip to Maryland's Eastern Shore to view the wintering waterfowl at Blackwater NWR and take in the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railway site. I'll admit that the "Eastern Shore" terminology confuses me. The region gets its name from the stretch of Maryland's … [Read more...] about “God Set the North Star in the Heavens”
My little church experienced two unexpected deaths in two weeks -- fatal heart attacks of otherwise healthy persons. During that same period, a good friend of mine was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died within a month. I did all the things a pastor does. I visited hospitals and put … [Read more...] about When Grief Sucks Us Dry
Over the holiday weekend, my husband and I went on a road trip into the Shenandoah. We've explored Staunton before, so this time we headed a bit further south, to Lexington. Those thirty extra miles made a huge difference, dropping us from northern Virginia into southern Virginia. Or perhaps it was … [Read more...] about Preachers, Please State the Obvious
My footsteps echoed in the marble chamber so I lifted my heels to keep them from hitting the tile floor. In the transept, the "great choir" was singing Evensong. The unaccompanied voices drifted through the nave like wisps of pure music, beyond words. I was in the National Cathedral to attend an … [Read more...] about Benediction: Christian, Jew & Muslim
My family toured the Library of Congress last weekend, with alumni from Juniata College, our daughter's alma mater. The Library of Congress is in downtown DC, just behind the Capitol building (next to the Supreme Court). The LOC spans multiple buildings, but the one open for free tours is the … [Read more...] about “I Cannot Live Without Books” Touring the Library of Congress
The following is by my father, Nicholas J. Huizenga, in which he describes a Talons Out Honor Flight he took on May 16, 2015. He died a year later, in June 2016, almost a year ago. Memorial Day, May 25, 2015. Nine days ago I joined 105 veterans of World War ll on a trip to Washington D.C. … [Read more...] about Honor Flight: a WW II Veteran Reflects
Here's a picture from Mt. Vernon, where we visited on a cold Sunday last November. We topped off the visit with chestnut soup to warm up. If you're in the mood to read about other monuments in DC, here's a post about a presidential kind of a jaunt from Presidents Day 2012. I hope you're able … [Read more...] about Happy Presidents Day!
One of the great things about living near our nation's capital is the chance to visit the monuments. Last October when my parents visited from Michigan, I took them to the MLK memorial. We had the place to ourselves. Here's another time I blogged about a trip to The Stone of … [Read more...] about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — We Salute You!
Gulls flap. Ospreys dive. Tankers growl. Speedboats buzz. But no motor = Quiet. … [Read more...] about My First Sailing Adventure — Annapolis, MD
Last night Doug and I heard a band called Enter the Haggis at the Wolftrap Barns. We had never heard of them before, but we like to get to the Barns at least once every winter. I read this description and decided to bite: Mastering a wide range of instruments from fiddle, accordion, whistles, … [Read more...] about Enter the Haggis