You Say You Want a Resolution?

It’s that time of year when many make resolutions which they will abandon within weeks, perhaps even days or hours. The spirit may be willing, but the flesh, as we all know, is weak. When and where did this tradition of making New Year’s resolutions originate? Does it have a religious basis? Wikipedia’s entry, “New Year’s resolution” does give us some insight into the religious origins of this practice: Babylonians made promises to their … Continue reading

A Simple “Merry Christmas” is More than a Pleasant Greeting

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet the words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Christmas Bells) The poem “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” was composed by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on December 25, 1864, and turned into a hymn a few years later. The language and imagery are powerful – they do not derive from a comfortable, unchallenged … Continue reading

A Christmas Gift

What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer; a time for balancing your books and having every item in ’em through a round dozen of months presented dead against you? If I could work my will,” said Scrooge indignantly, “every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, … Continue reading

Middle America Speaks

Although the US Presidential election was nearly a month ago, it seems many are still in shock. The political pundits continue to scratch their heads, trying to figure out what happened. Before the election, Leftists were very concerned that if Hillary won, Trump and his supporters would not accept the results. Seems almost funny now.  Conservatives, it was thought, would be rioting in the streets. At least one Leftist magazine already had the cover ready … Continue reading

Social Justice U Deux

Two weeks ago, we wrote a blog called “Social Justice U”. The blog highlighted a talk by Dr. Jonathan Haidt, where he gives concrete examples of how political correctness and protected victim status is harming society, and greatly exacerbating the very social ills that the “social justice crowd” claims to address. He points out that to arrive at truth, there MUST be a welcoming of all viewpoints to the table. This is how universities used … Continue reading

Social Justice U

The first presidential debate of 2016 was held at Hofstra University. The leadership at Hofstra, with all the problems this nation faces, was very concerned about – hurt feelings – the possibility that students might suffer emotional distress from hearing ideas that might challenge their thinking, or hear words that might scare them. They went so far as to post a “Trigger Warning” sign, to warn students that they may hear language which may trigger … Continue reading