Few people have so captivated the imagination of the world for their self-sacrificing service as Mahatma Gandhi. Known as the father of independent India, his path to becoming an influential politician differs from the norm. Son of the prime minister of a small Indian state, Gandhi studied law in England and began his practice in South Africa. He established several ashrams or spiritual communities there (notably Phoenix Farm and Tolstoy Farm).
I've had many reports of the Remembrance Sunday service held at Dickleburgh (in Norfolk, England) this year, mostly about the preacher. Since Dickleburgh has a historic connection with the Americans from the time of Second World War, they always invite the American Air Base at Mildenhall in Suffolk to join them for the service, and always invite the current American air force chaplain to preach.
On the Sunday afternoon following Thanksgiving, when I was in seventh grade, it began to snow. It started slowly and undramatically -- much like any number of other snows I had experienced growing up in Detroit. The sky turned the shade of dirty wool and the flakes danced through the wind as in one of those glass balls that you invert. Little by little the sidewalks whitened, and soon the neighborhood was alive with the rasping sound of shovels. Before long the roads were filled and you could no longer see the curb.