Rest Merrily

Be merry, God says, though perhaps I should start by being a gentleman! The least important life mission I have adopted is to remind singers that God Rest You Merry, Gentleman has a comma.  Gentleman are being commanded to be merry, not already jolly. This is important, to the extent that such things can be important, [Read More…]

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She Makes Bleak Golden

If you do not read Christina Rossetti, stop reading this now and go buy a book. I can wait. Those who know that Rossetti is the poet still standing against the alt-Left and the alt-Right, politically incorrect and yet a Lady, welcome you to the resistance. Rossetti wanted beauty more than wealth, virtue more than [Read More…]

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The Holly and the Ivy or The Pony and the Elephant

Christmas has traditions that you should change and make your own, but some things get worse with tinkering. I should know. My children had two bath toys, a pony and an elephant, that endured through many adventures in cleanliness. They lasted long enough to need their own song and I “wrote” one called The Pony and the Elephant. This [Read More…]

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Diplomatic Angels

Beautiful messengers of peace: that is the role of angels and that was what our fifth graders thought when they took a look at a painting entitled “Angels” by artist Chatout donated by a Houston ambassador and public servant. They also get to travel and eat great food . . . Or so kids decided. [Read More…]

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Christmas around the World and in Our House

Jesus loves the whole world and Jesus loves my little family. Our family is about as American as one can be by history and habits, but our faith is global. We learned to celebrate the coming of Jesus (glorious!) as Americans and so good traditions work for us that would not work elsewhere: A Charlie Brown [Read More…]

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Stop Failing: Lessons from Virgil and Lucas

Don’t Rejoice in Failure Dad knew a man who preached the same sermon every week. People left his church until only a few faithful were hanging with the congregation to try to save the church after the pastor would (hopefully) wear out and leave. Was Pastor Tedium worried? No. He had, from his point of [Read More…]

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Build a New City: At My Last First College Class Ever

Let’s build a new city for the remnant of the people of God! That’s a good, big, and honorable call and it can be done. People have gone to new lands and built something out of almost nothing. How much easier to create a community in this land! If you are building a new business, [Read More…]

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Remember After Pearl Harbor

By now on December 7, Pearl Harbor was a smoking ruin. The Empire of Japan decided to take on the United States of America in a war the Empire could not win if the United States decided to fight. Japan may have done the one thing necessary to provoke such a fight. We are right [Read More…]

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We win! (Or Don’t be Troy)

Just when you think you have won, that is when many people lose. This lesson is as old as Homer, though Virgil told it best. The wealthy, more than a little soft, Trojans held off the Greeks for a decade and then the Greeks went home. After ten years of siege, the party was on. And [Read More…]

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Beauty Dies First

Herod saw the eternal message of the Star of Bethlehem and could only think about his temporal rule. Real beauty filled the sky and all he could see was a problem. Confusing what is eternal with what is mortal or changing is one way a culture finds to die. People refuse to compromise on what [Read More…]

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