December arrives under honking Geese. As the last dying leaves find their way to the ground, frost tints the mornings, snow flurries lick the landscape, and Orion rises before bedtime. Holiday gatherings have begun. Time away from work and school might not allow us a whole day for reflection. But we might each find at least a moment of reverie or pause.
LATHAM – Sometimes, even in December, the most sentimental among us get tired of shows that are holiday oriented. With “Bermuda Avenue Triangle,” Curtain Call Theatre in Latham is offering the ultimate in alternative holiday scheduling.
This past Sunday marked the 26th annual World AIDS Day, which is held every year on December 1st to remember the nearly 30 million people who have died from the disease since it was first identified in 1981.
The negotiations over Iran’s potential nuclear weapons arsenal has pushed all other foreign policy issues out of the headlines. But as Washington muses about Iran, one of the boldest attempts to challenge the U.S. as a Pacific power has occurred with very little commentary.
What a wonderful surprise, to begin this bleak, unpromising December of the year, 2013 and learn, that one’s most admired jurist was a native of New York’s Capitol City; born and raised an Albanian, who began his education there (at Albany Academy); even entered the practice of Law, there, such was this commentator’s happy discovery, about Billings Learned Hand. How heartening, to discover that this nationally admired jurist and legal word-smith shaped the beliefs and thinking of the most important Americans of his time, including several Presidents and Nobel Prize winning economists.