A few small predictions for 2015

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Over at National Review, they've asked a number of writers and speakers, "What happens in 2015" and there are six pages of responses -- some of them really entertaining.Based on a few famous (or perhaps infamous) predictions of my own over the years, I was invited to participate, too!What were those predictions, you ask? As best I can recall the chronology -- and if I had more time I'd get them out of the archives:I predicted George W. Bush would nominate Harriet Miers to the … [Read more...]

Telling National Review What I’m Thankful For

Over at National Review, they asked a few folks to share what they are truly thankful for, in the Year of Our Lord, 2014. Given my grouses about the holiday, my answer might surprise some:This Thanksgiving, I am giving thanks to God for the lives of my in-laws, one a daughter of Sicily and the other the son of immigrants. They are either approaching age 80, or on the other side of it, and 2014 has been the first year either of them have had to deal with a serious health issue. As ever, they … [Read more...]

Duke Ellington Understood Incarnation, Lived Christmas

There is a collection of Christmas-Themed articles over at National Review, and among them you'll find my piece which started out as a rant against cruise-pictures-as-Christmas-cards and ended up being about Duke Ellington and the Great Christmas Secret:“Duke Ellington and I exchanged Christmas greetings each year,” wrote Joe Delaney of the Las Vegas Sun., “Mine were sent in mid-December. Duke sent his when the spirit moved him.”A reformed Ebenezer Scrooge may have pledged to “honor Chri … [Read more...]


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