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Professor Guroian’s appearance with Ms Tippett this morning was a perfect Easter Morning meditation. His emphasis on the spiritual connections available through metaphor, as contrasted with the deductive and inductive tediousness of some contemporary theology, suited my storyteller’s prejudices. One moment toward the end especially lit me up. He described luring his students out of Charlottesville to work in his garden. I thought, “He’s brilliant.” My own students (in “The Literary Essay” an upper-level writing course at Towson University) have been working on an extended-definition-essay on the word “mystery.” Last semester the same assignment was to define “game,” but “mystery” seemed just right for Holy Week. I offered them the chance to write about mystery in the sense of a question that will be answered or a question eternally open. And I offered examples high and low: One could address “Incarnation” or one could ruminate about, “Why can’t guys be more . . ..” But Vigen Guroian’s description of his students’ work in his garden has led to a new plan. Next spring I will bring my Towson students here for a day of rich contact with the natural world, and then have them write an extended definition of “mulch.”