So it’s the third week of Advent, where the “rose” (which looks like pink to me, but what do I know?) colored candle is lit up. As we remembered yesterday on Gaudete Sunday, guadete means “rejoice.” And certainly we want to do that at this time of year. But you know, the Musak has been driving us bonkers since Thanksgiving, playing the same old tired Christmas selections that the baby boomers love and remember. See the photograph above? Bullseye! [Read more...]
As a kid growing up, I had a lot of daydreams floating through my head. Daydreams of Glory! The lines above (from the beginning of the citation for the Medal of Honor) would be read to throngs of adoring, thankful citizens as my exploits and heroic feats of daring-do and close-combat were read and celebrated throughout the land.
Is it any wonder that I was drawn to the vocation of a warrior? [Read more...]
The photograph above is of Nyokodo, the small hut where Dr. Takashi Nagai and his children lived after his city was destroyed. Ian Higgins, and others from Major Oak Entertainment, spent 10 days in Nagasaki and environs interviewing folks, and filming scenes for the film about Dr. Nagai’s experience in the aftermath of that cataclysmic event. [Read more...]
No! It’s an ancient Japanese art form of painting in water and transferring the results to paper. Really. Check this out! [Read more...]