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“…get close.” – Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson

December 3, 2017

From p 14, Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson

My grandmother was the daughter of people who were enslaved in Caroline County, VA. She was born in the 1880s, her parents in the 1840s. Her father talked to her all the time about growing up in slavery and how he learned to read and write but kept it a secret. He hid the things he knew–until Emancipation. The legacy of slavery very much shaped my grandmother and the way she raised her nine children. It influenced the way she talked to me, the way she constantly told me to “Keep close.”

When I visited her, she would hug me so tightly I could barely breathe. After a little while, she would ask me, ‘Bryan, do you still feel me hugging you?’ If I said yes, she’d let me be; if I said no, she would assault me again. I said no a lot because it made me happy to be wrapped in her formidable arms. She never tired of pulling me to her.

‘You can’t understand most of the important things from a distance, Bryan. You have to get close,’ she told me all the time.

A Dickens of a Christmas – in town THIS WEEKEND!

November 28, 2017

This Friday is First Friday in our little town, but it’s a very special First Friday….Miracle on 34th Street opens at the Garfield Center for the Arts. If you decide to catch opening night there, you can still go to hear the Chester River Chorale concert on Saturday afternoon. In between, you can stroll the streets and see Dickens-era costumes all around and also stop in to see the Festival of Trees. On 1 PM on Sunday, there’s the 2nd Annual Ukulele Christmas concert…. and these are just a few highlights!

Don’t miss this! There’s still room in the inn!

Fall is here!

October 12, 2017

The temperatures are finally cool, so it feels like autumn! Yay!

And oh yes, speaking of “cool,” I’m going to brag about the new, cool award that is now visible on our “reviews” page! Check it out!

(And while you’re “at it,” you might even want to book a stay to soak in some of these cool temperatures while you’re doing some cool things around Chestertown!) We’d love to have you!

Finding Voices: “The Way We Worked” at Sumner Hall

April 18, 2017

Source: Finding Voices: “The Way We Worked” at Sumner Hall

A Broken Clock

March 2, 2017

Just a short thought for today: “Even a broken clock is right twice each day*.

* From yesterday’s speaker at the Ash Wednesday service at Janes Church in Chestertown.

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