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Looking Back

Dec
29
Posted at 11:40 am

I don’t mean to be morbid or anything, but what if the Mayan calendar is right? Of course, I realize that there is considerable disagreement about whether or not the Mayan calendar actually predicts the end of the world due to “cataclysmic events” (like collisions with black holes, asteroids or a planet called “Nibiru”) on [...]

Dec
22
Posted at 8:27 pm

Bud wasn’t expecting presents for Christmas that year. It was the height of the Great Depression, and he was living in a boarding house thousands of miles away from home. There wasn’t money for gifts. Every dime was precious, and was needed for the family to survive. But they WERE surviving – him in the [...]

Dec
19
Posted at 12:16 pm

When you stop and think about it, Christmas can be a very confusing holiday. First, there’s the timing of the day itself. Many Biblical scholars believe that Jesus of Nazareth, whose birth the day memorializes, was actually born in the spring of the year. The custom of celebrating Jesus’ birth in December can be traced [...]

Dec
08
Posted at 10:19 am

It’s a calm, bright, sunny day today.  The kind of day that makes you forget that winter, with all of its blustery coldness, is fully upon us.  The kind of day for which the words “crisp” and “clear” were invented. The kind of day that was just made for a cup of hot chocolate, a warm sweater [...]