partisan

Upon attending the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's performance of Schuman's Symphony No. 9 (Le fosse Ardeatine) in February, I learned something very interesting, at least to me. That thing, the concept that I learned, took me by surprise as I listened to the explanation of the eerie, minor-keyed symphony. It involves the etymology of the word... Continue Reading →

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perspective

I do not subscribe to the platitude that "everyone wants to get along with others." I heard someone say this recently, but I don't think so. At least not by my definition of "getting along." Some want to get along as long as they have control. Some want to get along as long as they... Continue Reading →

Sinner the Pooh

I call for the resignation of Winnie the Pooh; Now that I've said it, Piglet too. I know they are a friendly, lovable pair, but in 1926, they kidnapped Roo. Some matters are unforgiveable and cancel out years of being Helpful. You may question the timing but any relation to current events is simply coincidental.... Continue Reading →

dignity etc

I asked the question recently on a popular social media platform: What is Dignity, and is it endangered? Oddly enough, I think it is rare, but I can't quite put my finger on what it is. Maybe that is why I call it rare. You would think that I would have to recognize what something... Continue Reading →

Farewell 2018

I can't say I'll miss this year. Not because it has been bad - it hasn't - but because I'm ready for a few changes. I want to be more true to myself. Is that so much to ask? No more trying to be a redneck. No more trying to be part of either political... Continue Reading →

Emmanuel Pantokrator

Christmas has come and gone. But even in the absence of Christmas: Emmanuel. God is with us. He doesn't leave when the decorations come down, or the tree becomes a fish habitat, or even when the presents lose their newness. He remains, as He always has been and always will be. And its not just... Continue Reading →

The Singer Christmas

(An excerpt from "The Singer Trilogy" by Calvin Miller) The Father and his Troubadour sat down Upon the outer rim of space "And here, My Singer," said Earthmaker, "is the crown of all my endless skies - the green, brown sphere of all my hopes." He reached and took the round new planet down, and... Continue Reading →

The Washingtons (ep.13)

Christmas Eve arrived as suddenly as did the Christmas season.  The Washingtons had spent substantial amounts of money in an effort to buy good cheer for themselves and for Liberty, and the Harhashes, though they spent very little on decorations or gifts, were feeling the cheer of their fellowship with God and Douglass' family and... Continue Reading →

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