Loving Wordsworth, Pity for Byron

Lord Byron was the hot, trendy poet who could afford to mock poor William Wordsworth and his Lake Country set. Byron was young, splendid, and “naughty.” Like Bill Clinton, Byron knew how to stage a scandal that hurt everybody but Byron. Wordsworth was not dashing, more diffident, laboring away on the preface of a great [Read More...]

To the Martyrs

Known of God, loved by God, alive in God: Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons’ strengthless presumption. Thy martyrs Martyrs [Read More...]

“All You Gotta Do”

My wise mother says as a boy I viewed all problems as easily solvable. “All you gotta do,” I would say to her and then make the complicated overly simple. The solutions were not even always wrong, just ignorant of the unintended consequences of the change.  Mom taught me that solutions are often worse than the [Read More...]

Don’t Be NICE: Advise the Presidential Candidates on President’s Day

Tomorrow is the worst holiday in the secular calendar: Presidents’ Day. We do not have a Supreme Court Day or a Congress Day because it is all about the presidency. Our new imperial presidency demands we honor not just the great leaders, Washington and Lincoln, but James Buchanan and Herbert Hoover. There was a discussion [Read More...]

When We Have Been There Ten Thousand Years . . .

Here is bad news: God exists. Why is this bad news? Someone is watching and it seems more than a little scary that He sees us when we are sleeping, he knows when we are awake. We are never alone and this, at least initially, horrified me. Here is better news: God is good, all [Read More...]