The following poem To the Class of 2004 by James Huran  is reproduced with permission of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Alumni Association. It appeared on the copyright page of a new book published in 2017, Chautauqua's Heart  A History of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle by Mary Lee Talbot.  This CLSC history is of great interest to the Alumni Association. To secure a copy of this excellent 265 page book, one can contact the Chautauqua  Bookstore ( ), or if on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution during the summer, seek out Alumni Hall. 
To the Class of 2004
A book that from the mind did spring
Was thought to be a wondrous thing!
And so it Was! For on its page
Dwelt words of wisdom from the sage,
With powers the seeking mind to sway
And the outcome of the day,
By raising questions, posing answers,
Inspiring music, art, and dancers!
The years roll by; the river flows,
You read great books; your wisdom grows.
We're proud of you! For now you'll be
Alumni of CLSC!

-- James Huron
CLSC Alumni Association President, 2004-05

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A prayerful poem, "A Cross on the Sands," on You Tube at:
The poem was written by Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska who is a modern day saint and will become the first nurse canonized a saint. The poem was translated and read by Dr. Gosia Brykczynska, a retired nurse from London, England. Dr. Brykczynska authored a biography of Hanna, "Colours of Fire," published by William R. Parks,  The book is available on Amazon. This video was produced by William R. Parks using a hand held iPhone for both the audio and visual recording.

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Publisher contact:                                        
William R. Parks                                                                        
Hershey, PA 17033                                        

Author contact:
Dr. Gerald Rising 
295 Robin Hill 
Williamsville, NY 14221


Birds and Birdwatchers:

Paperback $12.95; Kindle eBook: $6.95
ISBN/EAN13:153716001X / 9781537160016
Library of Congress Control Number: 2016913715
Page Count: 268
US Trade Size: 6" x 9” 
Language: English
Color: Black and White

Other nature books by Dr. Rising available at Birder's Break, The Nature Watch Collection - Books One & Two
Book for Birdwatchers Who Wish to Go Beyond Field Identification
Hershey, PA – William R. Parks is proud to announce the publication of Gerry Rising’s latest book, “Birds and Birdwatchers.” Dr. Rising, a nationally recognized educator and writer, is SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus at the University at Buffalo.
This miscellany of essays has something for everyone: birding neophyte to professional ornithologist. The Table of Contents suggests how wide-ranging the subjects are: from Audubon and Wilson to Peterson and Sibley, from Baghdad to Buffalo via Mexico, from gnatcatchers to snowy owls and from sumac storehouses to wind turbines. But the real gems reside within the essays themselves: Ben Franklin's letter about the turkey and the eagle, the British fleet confronting a loon, a raven outsmarting the author, an assortment of names for bird groups. Read an essay selected at random and you will surely find something of special interest.
A recreational birdwatcher for 80 years, Rising brings that experience to the informal essays in this book, many of which appeared during his 25-year tenure as weekly “Nature Watch” columnist for the Buffalo News. He also served as editor of the New York State ornithological journal, The Kingbird, and contributed species accounts to Bull's Birds of New York.
Rising has said that this book is one he wished he had over his lifetime as a birdwatcher and he believes that, once you delve into it, you will feel rewarded. Publisher Bill Parks adds, “Rarely will you find this range of information in a single resource.”
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