Author Archives: Randy Coleman-Riese

A July 4th Reflection – “something more than common”

In 1861 the newly elected 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, was slowly making his way from Springfield, MO to the nation’s capital. On this journey Mr. Lincoln stopped at various points to make speeches to the people … Continue reading

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What will remain?

Poems from a Diary 1974 Who will last? And what? The wind will stay, and the blind man’s blindness when he’s gone away, and a thread of foam – a sign of the sea – and a bit of cloud … Continue reading

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Remembering with Gratitude and Sorrow

Amid the aftermath of the most recent episodes of civilian slaughter we come to our National Day of Remembrance for the lives given in service to our country. With so few in America now serving in the armed forces, and … Continue reading

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Spring Newsletter – Reflections on Sophocles’ Antigone & Changes Ahead…

We are celebrating this Easter season of Resurrection by offering to all who stop by our dusty corner of the internet the complimentary downloadable MP3 audio file of Gil Bailie’s Reflections on Sophocles’ Antigone. Follow the link below to download … Continue reading

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The Quieting of Mary with the Resurrected One

What they felt then: is it notabove all other mysteries the sweetestand yet still earthly:when he, pale from the grave,his burdens laid down, went to her:risen in all places.Oh, first to her. How theyinexpressibly began to heal.Yes heal: that simple. … Continue reading

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Pascha – Death is not the end

It may be difficult for denizens of the 21st century to appreciate the hopelessness felt in the presence of death by their distant ancestors prior to the experience of that first Easter in Roman occupied Judea circa 30 BCE. Among … Continue reading

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Another look at Auden’s Museé Des Beaux Arts

We recently announced our offering of Gil Bailie’s two part series Reflections on the Poetry of W. H. Auden. The New York Times has also recently published a richly formatted piece by Elisa Gabbert in which she presents her own … Continue reading

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New in our Store…Reflections on the Poetry of W.H. Auden

We have added an new item to our catalog of recorded presentations from Gil Bailie’s audio archives – Reflections on the Poetry of W.H. Auden. This 2 part series recorded in January 1990 explores a number of Auden’s poems beginning … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday, Armageddon, and Apocalypse

Lent begins this year, as always, with the imposition on worshiper’s foreheads of the ashen remains of burnt palm fronds that at a previous Palm Sunday waved hosannas to the Messiah. The words “remember you are dust, and to dust … Continue reading

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Songs from Jesus and the Woman at the Well

Last week we reposted a piece Gil Bailie wrote in 2009 for Valentines Day. His reflections brought to mind a traditional gospel song on that theme that Bob Dylan has covered at different points in his long career. There are … Continue reading

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