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Summer is seen by many as a time to ease up on responsibilities, relax and enjoy the beauties of the warmer season. What I observe however is that people are as busy as ever. Perhaps we are not involved in many of the routine tasks we face between September and June, but it does seem we stay very busy.
At West Point, July ends up being one of my busiest months because we are in the middle of preparing worship services for the New Cadets undergoing Basic Training in addition to keeping our regular services going – not to mention weddings and funerals. Recitals and festivals continue at a good pace, and we enjoyed here this past month the annual Hudson Valley Bachfest in Poughkeepsie and Cornwall-on-Hudson. Wonderful opportunities all.
Before long the academic year will be starting again and the leaves will be falling from the trees. Then the beauties of this season will be gone for another year. Of course each season has its own peculiar beauties – especially in this region.
As we think about the music we share, I hope we will remember that it is important to find those moments to rest, listen to that small still voice, and enjoy simple beauties for their own sake. I mainly preach to myself, the chief of sinners, here. And then when we return to our music and our other work, we and those with whom we share will be all the richer for having taken the extra moments in enjoying that with which we have been blessed.
Please make checking our Calendar part of your fall planning. There will be much sharing in the months ahead.
Dean, Central Hudson Valley AGO
Deadline for Next Newsletter
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