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Still one of my favorite moments in human history. Issac and Ebeneezer were there. My blood was there…
The column of British soldiers moved out from Boston in the late night hours of April 18, with the mission of confiscating the American arsenal at Concord and capturing the Patriot leaders Sam Adams and John Hancock, known to be hiding in Lexington.
Patriots had been preparing for such an event. Sexton Robert John Newman and Captain John Pulling carried two lanterns to the steeple of the Old North church, signaling the Regulars were crossing the Charles River to Cambridge.
Dr. Joseph Warren ordered Paul Revere and Samuel Dawes to ride out and warn surrounding villages and towns, the two soon joined by a third rider, Samuel Prescott. Prescott alone would make it as far as Concord, though hundreds of riders would fan out across the countryside before the night was through.
The column arrived in Lexington with the first moments of sunrise on April 19, bayonets gleaming in the…
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The tragic fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris yesterday has caught the entire worlds attention. While I am not Roman Catholic or even Christian, I know what the building represents – nearly 800 years of human history.
Years ago (1997) I was privileged to go to Westminster Abbey. To say that it was moving would be an understatement. I can only imagine what many of my friends and acquaintances who have hugged a gargoyle atop Notre Dame are feeling today. From tears to gallows humor, there is a whole lot of chat about it’s burning.
I think that for me, there is a sense of loss of the history of that facility. The story of the Notre Dame is long and storied, and not nearly as peaceful – or even churchy – as you might think. In fact, not that long ago, it wasn’t even a church…