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Last weekend, I interviewed music students parading at the Pageant of Bands in Sherburne, NY.

More than 20 bands, from 20 different school districts came to perform at the event. Music brought them together.

“It’s interesting visiting new places and meeting new friends,” said a student from Mexico Central School, in Oswego County, NY.

He’d practiced and memorized the song, Ants Marching, along with his peers and they performed wonderfully. All the paraders were enjoyed.

It’s fun to see the harmony, unity, and joy embodied by youth. It was nice to see the gratitude and pleasure embodied by spectators. I saw it as God’s work.

Mexico Central School

Mexico Central School

Afton Central School

Afton Central School

At a local art show in Cooperstown, New York, last evening, I observed the displayed artwork. Everyone did. However, human nature also took time muse, to ponder.

Many of the windows were open due to welcomed and friendly weather. I couldn’t help but stop at the windows and be still. Be quiet. My hope is, that desire for stillness embraces me on Memorial Day.

I’ve been reading the book, Ashenden, by Elizabeth Wilhide. The fiction details the goings-on at a large, fabulous mansion, Ashenden Park, for more than a century. World War II comes into play as one of the young men, with a history connected to Ashenden, was written about as a soldier.

His family received notice that their son was a coward and was shot to death for punishment. His step-sister was invited to learn the truth. The young man was a hero and after many weeks in the heat of war, became disoriented. He was found off the path and assumed to have went AWOL by the superiors, who convicted him to death. The sister had evidence of her half-brothers courage and went on to correct his record.

This story probably has more truth to it than not. Courage always wins, even in those times when we are afraid. Therefore, we can’t make quick judgements based on what we see and think.

Divine Mind allows us to receive revelations that purify our thoughts and judgements. My gratitude for all who fight and die for freedom can only grow.

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cooperstown flag

In America, is a 2002 film.

Key script was when the wife told her husband, after enduring hard times that life seems like make believe, so believe you’re happy.

It was an interesting movie that presented a decent father/husband figure.

From 21st Century Science and Health, an exegesis of Genesis 1: 11, in honor of springtime gardening!

Genesis 1:11. Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.

The universe of Spirit reflects the powerful creativity of the divine Principle, or Life, which reproduces the multitudinous forms of Mind and governs the increase of the multifaceted idea of spiritual being. The tree and vegetation do not yield fruit because of any propagating power of their own, but because they reflect the Mind which includes all. A material world implies a human mind and person as creator. The scientific divine creation declares immortal Mind and the universe created by God.

Infinite Mind creates and governs all, from the mental molecule to infinity. This divine Principle of all expresses Science and art throughout Spirit’s entire work including the immortality of spiritual being and the universe. Creation is always appearing, and must always continue to appear from the nature of its inexhaustible source. Mortal sense inverts this appearing and calls ideas material. Thus misinterpreted, the divine idea seems to fall to a level of human or material belief, called mortal human being. The seed is in itself, only as the divine Mind is All and reproduces all—as Mind is the multiplier, and Mind’s infinite idea, person and the universe, is the result. The only intelligence or substance of a thought, a seed, or a flower is God, the creator of it. Mind is the Soul of all. Mind is Life, Truth, and Love which governs all.

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