Quaker Up, Constitution Style

2014-09-19 07.27.38

This week we joined with Americans across the nation who took time to celebrate Constitution Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

During Coker’s traditional Coffee in the Courtyard gathering this week, Professor Shawn Lay gave students, faculty and staff an overview of the influences and compromises that shaped our nation’s fundamental governing document. Next, Professor Mal Hyman offered a sense of the political forces — challenges to basic civil liberties, voter rights and social justice — that buffet America’s ideals and laws of participatory self-governance. While brief, their talks were thoughtful and practical. It was information and context humbly presented and meant to last.

Like a piper’s tune, which is carried by the lightest breeze and runs through our beings for days after, the simple virtues — fairness, responsibility, hope, love, bravery — that those first delegates treasured continue to inspire us today.

So today, I’ve selected a cookie appreciated (and marketed) for wholesome goodness and lasting nutrition. For my pick, I’ve turned to the standard made famous by “Larry” the Quaker Oats guy, a character who bears an uncanny resemblance to the venerable William Penn.

Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies seem like a fitting choice for this “live-and-let-live” Pennsylvania gal’s “Constitution Day” Friday Cookie offering.

And, because holidays should come with celebrations, I offer you a special challenge with a bounty:  complete the Washington Post’s Constitution Day Quiz between now and Friday, September 26, and if you get a correct answer for each of the 13 colonies (the quiz has 13 questions), I will deliver 13 cookies (you can pick the flavor) to you some time in the next 13 weeks (which takes us to Christmas).

This is an honor-system offer. You take the test once, get all the answers right, tell me about it, and I’ll bake cookies for you. Good luck!

Oh, wait… don’t forget today’s cookies!

Come and get ’em!

Happy Friday.




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