Books of Knowledge

Jan 11th, 2016 Uncategorized admin

A friend told me recently about a huge encyclopedia that rested dangerously on a shelf in his childhood home.  Must have weighed twenty pounds, he says.  We didn’t have a big encyclopedia in our house; however we did have a set which, if I recall, was called “The Book of Knowledge.”  I think about 12 fairly hefty volumes.  I suspect that either my mother or father got…

JURY DUTY

Received a summons today to serve on a state “petit jury.”  A small jury?  A jury of small people?  A jury of little consequence?  Anyway, I responded with Arlo Guthrie’s line to the draft board on “Alice’s Restaurant,” “I wanna Kill!  I wanna Kill!).  No harm done. I don’t imagine the little people on a little jury would have the opportunity to bring about the…

LOSING SHEEP

Nov 23rd, 2013 IN THE NATURE OF MEMOIR, Uncategorized Edward

LOSING SHEEP Friends sent me a St. Pat’s Day animated eCard: a dog chasing a leprechaun and letting out a flock of sheep in the process. It reminded me of this experience: We were spending my first sabbatical in England (going home again, for me). We lived for six months in a typical West country village, with 13th century church, garden cottages, a manor house–the…

BOSTON

Apr 15th, 2013 Uncategorized Edward

In the aftermath of the bombing in Oklahoma City, someone said that it was the end of America’s Innocence. The following is an exerpt I wrote in response. I hope you’ll excuse me if I share it again following the tragic event at the Boston Marathon: Edward Frost I was a little boy, five or six years old, living in England when my city was…

WHY SHOULD I BELIEVE THAT?

May 9th, 2012 SERMONS, Uncategorized Edward

WHY? (SHOULD I BELIEVE THAT?) by: Rev. Dr. Edward Frost In Walker Percy’s marvelous novel “The Last Gentleman,” the scene is a hospital room. Present are Will Barrett, a rather flaky, perhaps overly-earnest seeker of life’s meaning; young Jamie, the tragic figure, who Will took under his wing as mentor and paid companion; Jamie now at the end of his meager days, dying; and a…

“To Be Or Not To Be”

Oct 24th, 2011 Uncategorized Edward

“Whether ‘Tis Better To Suffer” by Edward Frost To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To die, to sleep, No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache, and the…

QURAN BURNING

Apr 9th, 2011 COMMENTARY, Uncategorized Edward

A “jury,” was made up of a few of Moore’s remaining parishioners supplemented by a few local Muslim haters. Judgement was swift. The “defense attorney,” an Imam from Texas, called no witnesses. The convicted Quran was deemed clearly guilty of spreading violence, death and terrorism. Shades of medieval “justice,” the condemned was publicly burned.

IT’S NOT ABOUT THE COFFEE

Mar 27th, 2010 MUSINGS, Uncategorized Edward

My birthday. 73rd. Not a significant number. The folks at the coffee shop I frequent gave me a cupcake but they didn’t have any candles. No charge for the cupcake, though. The place has become a second home of sorts. Recently, I had a serious sugar crash while I was there. Couldn’t even get up from the table. I signaled the manager who kept the…