ROOTS AND WINGS
There are two gifts
we should give our children;
one is roots,
the other is wings.
Wings to show you what you can become,
Roots to remind you where you're from.
"I was always impressed with UU's rejection of dogma and embrace of skepticism and individual inquiry," writes RE alum, Tristan McDowell van Tine, son of Robin and Lucy. Some remember him for his long hair, long black coat, and his involvement with the Earthrising movement. "It's not easy to keep oneself from falling into dogmatic patterns of thought, whether on the Right or Left,” he adds. “Self-criticism is painful, but crucial....Justice does not exist independently in the world: we must create it through collective action."
Tristan has always loved music. (What a surprise?) "As a teenager,” he says, “I imagined I would become a composer or, at least, a music theory professor." In high school and college, he studied music theory, composition, and voice. As an undergraduate at UVA he even got to sing opera at the Universty's Operafestival di Roma in Italy and was president of the School's Glee Club.
With these two interests, Tristan double-majored in music and philosophy at UVA, graduating in 2004. Going on to graduate school at William and Mary Law School, however, he put his music aside to concentrate on earning his Juris Doctor degree, which he received in 2009. Hired by a law firm in Louisville, Kentucky, he practiced business law for two years before returning to academia, this time to teach. Today, through the magic of the Internet, Professor van Tine manages to teach business law and criminal justice courses, in person or on line, at Saint Leo University, Southern New Hampshire University, Bryant & Stratton College, and ECPI University. He has also just been hired to teach at the local Thomas Community College.
But the music hasn’t been forgotten. “A couple of years ago, I got back into composing,” Tristan says. And he has sung, “on and off” with the Virginia Choral Society, when work schedule permits.
He did, though, find time to meet and marry his wife, “Shalon,” who also teaches college. In the fall, she will begin her doctoral studies in history at Ohio University. They will be moving there shortly. While she does not sing or play an instrument, Shalon does share his love of music, and they attend concerts together. As to children, Tristan and Shalon are not planning on any, but they are looking forward to a couple of dogs, once they get settled in Ohio.
Chapter 58, Navigator's USA
Back here on The Peninsula, she’s remembered as someone who liked to help other young people. “I think about her kindness and ability to help people feel valued and important,” says RE Director Joanne Dingus. Oh, and they also remember her bright red hair.
Chloe was twelve years old when she and her parents, Jan and Donna Briedé, moved to Virginia from Ohio and joined the Fellowship. What she soon discovered, she says, was that talking and learning about religion was something she very much enjoyed doing, and that, “UUFP was always a safe community to learn and to explore.”
When we asked Annie Campbell, daughter of Sandy and Barry Campbell, our series of standard questions, what we got back was a letter that presented her feelings on the subject so completely and poignantly that we decided to let Annie’s letter speak for itself:
I am a ceramic sculptor and ceramics professor at Auburn University in Alabama. Being brought up Unitarian Universalist has influenced my path in many subtle and major ways.