by Tod Wodicka
Burt Hecker enjoys re-enacting medieval times in upstate New York. A former history teacher, he spends his time overindulging in homemade mead and wearing a tunic everywhere.
Quirky? Yes. Odd? Certainly. Mentally unstable? Not so sure. Burt has so much on his mind. Now coping with the death of his wife and the estrangement between him and his two children, Burt has let his behavior spiral out of control. This leads us to our story. . .
A medieval chanting workshop takes Burt to Europe, where, among other things, he celebrates St. Hildegard von Bingen and tracks down his son, Tristan. His son's less than warm reception leads to a flashback to how Burt became so unpopular with his family.
It's hard to write off Burt. He is unusual, but not unlikable. While you may not approve of all of his choices, you do feel sympathetic towards the man and cannot help but to hope for the best for him and his family.