Today has been full of so many memories and impressions that will linger for a long time.
It started at breakfast. I have been sitting with the Road Scholars a good bit at meal times because they are so interesting and full of stories. This morning, something got them started on the topic of refrigeration. There are many people in this group approaching or past 8 decades and they remember things that most of consider having happened far in the past.
The refrigeration conversation led to another discussion, this one about winter funerals. One man said that in his area (South Dakota) bodies were simply wrapped and buried in snowbanks until the weather warmed up. Another said that someone in his family was a gravedigger and that in winter he used charges of dynamite to break up the frozen ground so the graves could be dug. I had to wonder about how that might disturb occupants of neighboring graves!
Tonight I was listening again, this time to the concert by the students here in the vocal (singing) classes. The range of songs was astounding, from opera to yodeling to folk songs, ballads,and Billie Holliday, from comic songs to touching songs to a Russian love song (sung in Russian). It was a magical evening and I just sat back and gloried in the music surrounding me. I suspect many of the singers have stories I would like to hear, and if time allows I hope to catch them and hear their tales. If not, I have the memory of their beautiful voices rising the the little round chapel on a dark, rainy, West Virginia night.
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