Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thoughts - August 25, 2016

"Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t." -
Bill Nye.
Chautauqua is the type of place where one often finds a 'new friend' sitting in the auditorium, on the porch of Presbyterian House getting a mid-morning mocha, or on one of the benches throughout the lovely grounds. The other day I went a bit late to a lecture at the Hall of Philosophy and the seats were overflowing, although the speakers hadn't started. I slid down a good sized tree trunk, sitting on its roots, and asked the older fellow already there if I could share his tree. Turns out he was another Southerner, a physician from Johnson City, TN. The talk on the origins of Gospel music and hidden meanings in spirituals had us whispering. I wanted to ask him more, but after the hour and a half talk was over, I think we were both more concerned about whether we could gracefully arise from our ground sitting position with the world's eyes upon us.... - Beth Almond Ford

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