My Life Long Pal: Three Things to Learn from Daniel Reynolds

Today is Daniel’s birthday. . . not the prophet, but my brother. My mother used to tell me: “Cherish your brother. There is nobody closer to you on the planet by blood.” She was right. Dan is not just my brother, but (to quote the Flintstones) my lifelong pal. The fact that he was calling Brexit [Read More…]

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Faster, Stronger, Better. . . Meh (The Six Million Dollar Man)

We lost our television in odd circumstances. Daniel and I liked going to church and generally made no trouble going, but this Sunday night was The Wizard of Oz. There was no streaming in those benighted days, no ability to pop in a Blu-ray. If you missed a show, you missed it. I saw the Star Wars [Read More…]

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My Big Fat Greek Morals Go to the Movies: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

This is not a movie where spoilers are possible because this is a pleasant little film that dispenses with plot in favor of characters. Dickens sometimes did it, so it can work, and mostly it does here if you anticipate made for television and not Dickens. If there are males in the target market for [Read More…]

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Star Wars, David Bowie, Hillary Clinton, and Peyton Manning

Last month my feeds were dominated by Star Wars, David Bowie, and Peyton Manning. Great culture endures and so the play Hamlet has been performed, is being performed, and will  be performed. Great culture endures because even though there may not be a great deal of money to be made, the art has the power [Read More…]

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Preservation Hall: A Good Thing in America

I am already tired of politics and nobody has voted yet. Democrat and Republican: my social media is full of fury, rage, and depression. Of course, there are other people posting cat videos, but those jolly souls do not need encouragement. They already live better lives. Here is good, good news about America: time tends [Read More…]

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Bing and Bowie: the Old Order Changes

David Bowie is dead. Many (all?) of my students will have to be told who David Bowie was. Nothing fades so quickly as celebrity and we don’t know if in thirty years anyone will recall David Bowie. We do know that he once appeared with Bing Crosby on a Christmas special. Bing was famous on radio, [Read More…]

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Holiday Advice: Dealing with Your Crazy Evangelical Uncle

Evidently giving advice about how to handle the stress of what the Victorians called “social intercourse” with those who do not agree is a thing now. Despite a sneaking suspicion that the number of people actually worried about awkward conversations at dinner is roughly equal to the number of Evangelicals worried about the Starbuck’ red cup [Read More…]

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Five Horrible Ideas for Thanksgiving Dinner

Times are bad as times often are, yet in the week ahead we will pause in our work and give thanks. Those Americans who can will feast together to celebrate the good things God has given us. Glory to God for all things! Yet for every Rockwell Thanksgiving, every plan that goes well, there will [Read More…]

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Dear Mr Starr

Dear Mr Starr, They tell me in this fiftieth year of the Super Bowl that you are ill, though getting better. I thought I would tell you two stories in the h0pe that against all odds you would see this letter and be encouraged. Many of us would rather see you at a Super Bowl [Read More…]

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Fear Not!

Monsters scare and yet fascinate little kids. Just as Mom and Dad find it hard not to look at a wreck, even if such curiousity makes them feel ghoulish, so the little ones cannot avoid peeking at a scary movie. We don’t like being afraid for real, but the thrill of seeing something scary is [Read More…]

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