We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have attempted to lure readers with some Christmastime totty ( I just do not have it in me to post any half-nude hunky guys in Christmas outfits for our gal readers), but I would suppose that most Christians are now either frantic with last-minute gift- or food-shopping, or preparing for evening church services.
The B team will be out of range, skiing and cavorting in beautiful snow and invigorationg cold for a week after Christmas, but I have pre-posted mostly to keep my generous paycheck coming from Maggie's.
So perhaps only our Jewish, Hindu, Ba'hai, Buddhist, and Muslim friends will be reading this post, but that's fine with me.
Top pic of global warming is via Pirate. Pic of the super-special Christmas present below is probably from Theo but I am not sure.
In my view, the Christmas Eve candlelight service is not to be missed, even though I do not think of Christmastime as a particularly holy day in the church calendar. Christmas is a magical, miracle, beautiful time, but not too holy really, as least in the Protestant tradition.
The prayer: Be born in us today.
Our family doesn't do gifts, but we will assemble to church tonight to squeeze in, and will host a fine Christmas feast for 32 tomorrow at the Barrister homestead. The feast is the gift, bringing home-made foods are the gifts to eachother. Family, friends, and neighbors, coat and tie dress code including the youth, plenty of eggnog and good wines but no Festivus Pole.
Non-Christians, including the 5% of Americans who adhere to a non-Christian religion and the 18% who either claimed no religion at all or chose not to answer the pollsters, need to know about Christianity too. Religious education has pretty much fallen by the wayside in American life today. That’s a problem in more ways than one; I see the consequences all the time when students I teach – and policy makers and journalists I know – simply do not comprehend the cultural foundations of American politics and cannot understand the ways that so many people here and around the world are moved by religious values and ideas. I have taught a course on the relationship of American religious ideas to American foreign policy in some of our leading colleges, and I have had smart, well traveled and otherwise well-read students in that course who have never opened a Bible (or any other holy book) in their lives and simply had no idea why so many other people read and study it every day of their lives.
Indeed. FYI, Prof, I may be an older Ivy-Leaguer but I read a Bible verse each morning, contemplate it, and pray. Before the morning coffee. As I always say, it has never harmed me to follow that discipline. Find a church tonight, you agnostics and atheists and unbelievers, etc. It won't hurt you at all.
A maverick with a boatload of old-school credentials, looks like.
Seems he's trying to add perspective, Same as JR Nyquist in Stone Age Genocide, with:
Over many thousands of years primitive humans struggled to survive without science or mathematics. Men struggled against the hardships of nature. They survived in the face of hunger and the elements with nothing but stone tools. They used whatever they could pick up off the ground. They found food and begat children century after century, millennia after millennia. They did what most of us could not imagine doing, under extreme circumstances of deprivation and hardship. There were no hospitals or doctors, no stores or malls, no entertainment industry. If the scientists are roughly correct in their dating, this hunter-gathering existence was the lot of Homo sapiens for at least 195,000 years. Whatever the truth may be, mankind lived in the Stone Age far longer than he has lived in civilization. And even then, man’s worst enemy may have been his fellow man.
It's perplexing how one Christmas the babe in the manger is nothing less than the embodied righteous power of the universe, and another Christmas a helpless little babe to re-mind us that we are all just tiny sparks in space shooting between the great forces of push and pull force, for some unknown reason holding them apart from a merging into one great infinity with no before and no after.
Hello: Don't have an Episcopal Church anymore--so didn't go to service last night. Never will go again, now that it is only an echo chamber for the left's political policies du jour. But, I am blessed; sang in the choir from 3rd grade until after I was married. Every Sunday morning and evening, every holiday, and every Thursday for practice. It is in the very fibre of my being. I too read a little prayer or verse in the morning. Silently in the emptiness of my little office/cupboard, but I remember so well how it all sounded. Found a website from a priest in CA, who is quite ill. He keeps the old prayer book and services posted. No one used the English language better than the old Prayer Book.
Daughter came home and helped with the tree, got some wonderful gifts, baked cookies for neighbors and friends and looked with intimidation at the new year. But, I have will take this one face on as I have all the others. God Bless all at MF and keep up the wonderful work you do!
It's ironic that the author of this very blog(Maggie's) would have fallen lock step in line with the earth worshipers a while back with his support of of their favored agenda regarding fisheries management, "Catch Shares". The distribution of what once was a public resource to a few favored individuals to harvest under the ultimate direction of the "scientific" community. You know, those same folks that are so smart that they have figured out that we "evolved" from slime to apes to what we are now. Yes, the same brains that said, back in the '70's, that we're entering another Ice Age and now the World is getting too warm...
for Buddy: Thank you for being here ! I know it's not likely that you attend many movies in theatre these days, but I implore you pleese go see Life of Pi in 3D--don't settle for the theatre that is showing the film but not in 3 D. Drive, or walk, or ride a bus to go to the 3 D theatre and see Life of Pi. It's your buddy--
--i'll DO that, AP --saw the ads on TV --liked the hypersharp graphics, but sorta left it at that.
But your post is a sign, sorta i guess, tho if one gets messages from the future, then one has a whole lot of 'splainin' to do about said implications, such as examining a bucketful of the nuts and bolts of reality and finding all the threads stripped.
but i did come back to this thread because of Taqiyya's post, i noted when it first appeared, he found in TB's post something he admired --and like gold has little value but rarity, the rarity of a taqiyya approval stuck a bug in my ear to come back later (as time permitted and if memory will have not run true to form and dozed off in the starting gate) and say what i just said --and then --there --was your post, just now, addressed to Yurz Trooli !
So i'll harness up the Ford n' run into town and see it! Nor right this instant, of course. but soon soon --and thankee for the thought!