Monthly Archives: December 2014

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,800 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway … Continue reading

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Simeon the Stubborn

We just finished the season of Advent.  On the church calendar, it is now Christmas.  How awkward is that?  Our whole society is saying “Been there, done that,” and the churches, the liturgical churches at any rate, are saying, “Wait.  … Continue reading

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Can you really prepare for Alzheimer’s?

I think so. Last night, I watched a really good TED talk my brother, Karl, sent to me.  The talk is about Alzheimers disease and Karl is my older brother—the only one of the four of us to have cracked … Continue reading

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Green Chri$tma$, 1958

When Green Chri$tma$ came out in 1958, I was about twenty years old.  I thought it was the funniest broadcast parody I ever heard.  I memorized it immediately—not much of a trick at twenty, really—and performed little impromptu snatches of … Continue reading

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Mosquitoes in Heaven

Pope Francis is having the same kind of trouble the apostle Paul had.  It’s hard to be a pastor and a theologian at the same time.  And if any remarks you make are going to be seized upon by the … Continue reading

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Are there errors in the Bible? Don’t ask.

Imagine having a conversation with a man—it would be a man, I’m pretty sure—who wanted to “talk football” and whose only concern was with keeping the ball on the playing field.  That might go like this. Do you think they … Continue reading

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