My beloved professor of classics--and World War II B29 tailgunner over Japan!--Kevin Herbert, who passed away in February 2015, wrote me a beautiful passage in a Christmas card in 2010, which I would like to use as an invite to you all:

Yes, there seems to be some quality akin to electromagnetism which unites persons with common interests in literature, history, culture--the meaning of it all in human terms? What better things to think about or be devoted to? In that sense we are both most fortunate to be fellow travelers and believers in this wonderful realm.

I welcome you along on this journey!

 In September 2014 I was sitting outside of Barnes & Noble after a tiring day, and out of the blue, a customer, a retired chaplain from St. Louis University, handed me this rose, and said, "To new beginnings." I was surprised and enchanted by her gesture, to say the least.

In September 2014 I was sitting outside of Barnes & Noble after a tiring day, and out of the blue, a customer, a retired chaplain from St. Louis University, handed me this rose, and said, "To new beginnings." I was surprised and enchanted by her gesture, to say the least.