Love, Wisdom, and Compassion

What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country. . . … More Love, Wisdom, and Compassion

A Very Good Year To You

“A merry Christmas, and a very good year to you;Luck and health to the whole household,Life, pleasantness and sprightliness to you together,Peace and love between men and women;Goods and riches, stock and store.Plenty of potatoes and herring enough;Bread and cheese, butter and beef.Sleeping safely when you are in bed,Undisturbed by the flea’s tooth, sleeping well.” In … More A Very Good Year To You

Party Like It’s 2020

The last weekend before Christmas: in other years, we would be attending Holiday parties, sometimes weighing which invitations to accept and for which ones to send our regrets.  In 2020, after nine months of COVID hysteria and pandemic prudence, the obligatory workplace gala would be welcomed for once.             Instead, I’ll share with you a … More Party Like It’s 2020

King Under the Mountain: St. George of England

As an undergraduate, we’d read Edmund Spencer’s The Faerie Queene. The professor explained how the Red Cross Knight represented St. George, the patron saint of England, and his defeat of the dragon represented the triumph of British Protestantism over the presumed errors of ‘superstitious’ Catholicism. Twenty years later I found myself in an Orthodox church … More King Under the Mountain: St. George of England