The ritual of a brand new college yr binds us collectively

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Todd R. Nelson is a former college principal. He lives in Penobscot. His e-book of Maine essays, “Chilly Spell,” is revealed by Down East Books.

As the beginning of faculty attracts nigh, I surprise what different establishment in society nonetheless capabilities on an agrarian cycle, has profound rituals and rites of passage that remember seasons, planting, and reaping occasions, the place the entire neighborhood gathers to have fun itself, as itself?

There’s merely no different technique to have the feel and beauty of, say, graduations and commencements and convocations. It’s an heirloom rhythm and celebration, to make certain, however take into account how a lot it’s nonetheless one thing for which individuals starvation. “On-line neighborhood” doesn’t suffice.