Monday, December 23, 2019

donald trump | the windmills of his mind

We’ll have an economy based on wind.
I never understood wind.

You know, I know windmills very much.
I've studied it better than anybody I know.
It's very expensive.
They're made in China and Germany mostly —
very few made here, almost none.

But they're manufactured tremendous —
if you're into this —
tremendous fumes.
Gases are spewing into the atmosphere.

You know we have a world, right?
So the world is tiny compared to the universe.
So tremendous, tremendous amount of fumes and everything.
You talk about the carbon footprint —
fumes are spewing into the air.
Right? Spewing.
Whether it's in China, Germany, it's going into the air.
It's our air, their air, everything —

White House transcript of President Trump's speech to the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit, West Palm Beach, Saturday December 21, 2019

Monday, December 16, 2019

Index: Christmas Readings

Tim Anderson | Ivory in the Desert
Tim Anderson | Loneliness Can Be Contagious

Connie Braun | A Christmas Gift from the Sea

Frederick Buechner | The Annunciation
Frederick Buechner | Emmanuel
Frederick Buechner | The Face in the Sky
Frederick Buechner | Gabriel

Robert Farrar Capon | Advent
Robert Farrar Capon | Better Watch Out
Robert Farrar Capon | Naughty or Nice

Truman Capote | A Christmas Memory

Tom Carson | Snow Angel

Nicola Colhoun | Creche

John F. Deane | Driving To Midnight Mass in Dublin on Christmas Eve

Annie Dillard | Feast Days
Annie Dillard | God in the Doorway

Dina Donohue | No Room

Craig Erickson | Christmas Rant

John Henry Faulk | A Child's Christmas in Texas

Lawrence Ferlinghetti | Christ Climbed Down

Paul Flucke | The Secret of the Gifts

Steven Garber | Always Winter, Never Christmas

Rev. J.M. Gates | Death Might Be Your Santa Claus

William Gibson | Butterfingers Angel

Lorenz Graham | Every Man Heart Lay Down

Wayne Harrel | The Camels of Ancient Yore

Rory Holland | Frail Humanity
Rory Holland | Nativity

Garrison Keillor | The Seven Principles of a Successful Christmas

Ron Klug | Joseph's Lullaby

David Kossoff | Seth
David Kossoff | Shem

Rudi Krause | one way
Rudi Krause | unforeseen

Madeleine L'Engle | O Sapientia
Madeleine L'Engle | The Tree

Peter La Grand | Christmas Memory

Mike Mason | Three Fools

William Nicholoson | Christmas Drinks Party

Lance Odegard | Impossible Dream

Richard Osler | Advent Poems 2006
Richard Osler | Afterwards

Karl Petersen | Joseph's Night Watch

Ron Reed | Clay
Ron Reed | It's a Wonderful Life

Sheila Rosen | No Safe Place

Mike Royko | Pretty Well Picked Over

Luci Shaw | Advent III
Luci Shaw | December
Luci Shaw | Madonna and Child, with Saints
Luci Shaw | Mary Considers Her Situation
Luci Shaw | Presents

Sufjan Stevens | Christmas Tube Socks

Diane Tucker | Advent Couplets
Diane Tucker | Christmas Couplets

Various Authors | Joseph & Mary

Friday, December 13, 2019

there is a vault of literature

My friend Nicole had a whimsical conversation with an older homeless man.

He said, “There is a vault of literature.”
I asked him “Have you been in it?”
He nodded his head and said,
“The beast of Shakespeare, the beast of Shakespeare.”

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

luci shaw | christ in you, the hope of glory

Months later, with the seed of God
rounding her belly with promise,
I wonder, was Mary restless at night,
her back aching, and soft stirrings
waking her from slumber?

Elizabeth understood, better than
a man. When they got together,
and the cousins in their wombs leaped
towards each other, quivering
with recognition, what hopes and dreams
did the mothers share? Did they guess
the end of the story for their sons?
For us?

And young as mary, old as Elizabeth,
woman or man, don't we each long to
feel the seed of God shifting within us,
a guarantee of now and future glory?

Christmas 2019