During autumn in New England Arlyne and I often drove by the pumpkin patches and cranberry bogs or took friends to Plymouth Rock, which is small enough to strike most visitors as, well, much ado about nothing.
By the way, I very much enjoyed Mitchell Thomas’s inventive staging of Shakespeare’s play (including Randy VanderMey as Leonato, Duke of Messina) during Westmont's 75th anniversary events. In this report I have highlighted some of the creative work done for the show and other events related to the anniversary. There are also some excerpts from the faculty panel held during the Provost's Installation in early October. Rereading those excerpts—and the accomplishments in the column on the right—reminds me how grateful I am for my new colleagues this Thankgiving.
For the first few days of November I will be in Texas for the Christian College Consortium meeting and then on a project for the CCCU in Oxford. I will save one day to meet up with Westmont's England Semester. I'll catch them in Norwich, home to the Pilgrims’ beloved pastor John Robinson. Although Robinson never boarded the Mayflower, he did send letters of spiritual counsel to those who stepped on Plymouth Rock. Or did they? The Rock and its quirky history are a prompt for some reflections on gratitude below.
Blessings for a wonderful season of Thanksgiving.