Inventing Christmas

One of my cherished yuletide traditions is reading Charles Dicken’s wonderful book, A Christmas Carol. Each Christmas season, Susan and I also watch several movies offering their interpretations of this classic novella. The films starring George C Scott and Patrick Stewart as Scrooge are my favorite adaptations of this Christmas… Continue reading

QAnon, Trump, and Norway

Just when I thought Trump couldn’t get any worse, he demonstrated there is no limit to his evil machinations. On August 19, 2020, he added another group to his base of racists, misogynists, homophobes, Islamophobes, the lunatic fringe of Christianity, spineless politicians who would sacrifice our democracy in order to… Continue reading

The Skies Darkened and the Earth Shook: A Lesson for Good Friday

All three of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) tell us that at Jesus’ death, “darkness came over the whole earth.” Only Matthew writes that in addition to the darkness, there was an earthquake which split rocks and shook the earth. I remember years ago reading about biblical literalists… Continue reading