Roger Ebert—- Time to Roll the Credits

Beginning in the late 70s, my wife and I had two favorite PBS shows. No, it was not one of those long running serials like Brideshead Revisited. The first was the wonderful show about the life of James Herriot in Yorkshire as a vet. It was hysterical. The second was Siskel and Ebert at the Movies. Intelligent, even witty, commentary and critique on movies was never made so accessible, and so lacking in the usual irascible spirit of some critics, as with this show. It was just plain fun, and … [Read more...]

Jesus Down Under

An underwater statue of Jesus sits at the bottom of the sea off the coast of Malta. After being blessed by Pope John Paul II, it was placed underwater as an attraction for divers. … [Read more...]

Imagine There’s No Weapons

Things have only gotten worse since 1980 when it comes to weapons and violence, including accidental and intentional killings of innocent children. This is a picture of John Lennon's blood-spattered glasses which he wore the day he was killed.Here's a little lyrical tribute I've written to John, to be sung to the tune of his classic hit--- Imagine."Imagine there's no weapons It's easy if you try, Nothing to kill or maim for, And no good reason why Imagine all the people living … [Read more...]

Death of an Expert Witness– Another James Classic and a Lesson for Christians

By the mid-70s, P.D. James was on a major roll, when it comes to mysteries or crime fiction. One can surmise that her publisher was even allowing her more verbage, because Death of an Expert Witness runs to 352 pages, which is about a hundred more than some of the early novels. But what had prepared James for writing these spine-tingling crime novels? You look at her pictures and say---- oh, that's 'Aunt Betty' or at the later pictures and say 'that's my Grandmother'. Here is the little … [Read more...]

Tunnel Vision?

This amazing tunnel is found in the Ukraine, and is a local railway tunnel to a private factory. The locals however call it 'the tunnel of love'. Whatever else you can say, it is 'tree-mendously' beautiful. :) … [Read more...]

The Art of Teaching

 Getting your picture on a U.S. stamp, even a one cent one, requires that you have accomplished something significant. In the case of Horace Mann of Franklin Mass., he accomplished notable things in the early 19th century in three different fields--- law, politics, and finally education,only to return to politics once more, this time as a U.S. Representative (previously he had only been involved in Mass. politics). In 1837, Mann became the president of the Massachusetts Board of … [Read more...]

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What Easter Means to Me

 The word Easter of course has a relationship to the word 'eastern'. It is the time in the church calendar when Western Christians look to the east, to Jerusalem, from whence comes their help. This same sort of geographical orientation explains why cathedrals and churches point east, so to speak. As you look down the transcept to the high altar and beyond to the back of a cathedral or proper church, the sun comes up through the rose window or stained glass, reminding us all of our … [Read more...]

On Making God the Room….

 We hear a lot about 'making room for God' from the pulpit, as though God is someone we need to squeeze into our overly busy schedule. I feel about this the same way I feel about the whole 'God is my co-pilot' stuff. In neither case is the conception of how we ought to relate to God anywhere near the mark. In fact it would be more accurate to say we should make God the room, than make room for God.What I mean by this is that God should be not merely the reference point but the whole … [Read more...]