An Awesome Experience

You know that sensation when you experience something truly breathtaking, something awe inspiring? It turns out that a sense of awe can support communities. Paul Piff and Dacher Keltner explained their recent findings on the connection between feeling awe and altruistic acts. The more awe people experience, the more altruistic they are. Awe-provoking experiences make …

Chime at Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park, Illinois

My tour of Grace Episcopal Church in Oak Park, Illinois, started with this interesting tidbit—the inside of the church was used in the filming of Home Alone(!) Dr. Dennis Northway, the Parish Musician and my gracious host, explained that the scenes which featured Macaulay Culkin entering the church and sitting next to the creepy neighbor …

American Chimes

Chimes in nineteenth-century American churches rang out hymns to their communities to praise God and to make the Sunday services more jubilant. Seems logical, right? Bzzz. Wrong. (That was my “error buzzer” there, did you see that?) According to Percival Price in Bells & Man,* this was not the primary aim of these instruments consisting …