Monthly Archives: December 2015

Advent Devotional — 16 Dec 15

As I promised a couple of weeks ago, here’s the other devotional I wrote for Newberry College’s annual Advent series. May it prove useful. Jeremiah 31:31-34 (KJV) 31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant … Continue reading

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The Power of the Castle…

…The Castle of Perseverance, that is. In addition to being the title of what may be the most spectacular of surviving medieval plays, it’s also a destination worth visiting for itself. Example the first: I mentioned that the Spawn has … Continue reading

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QotD: Mondo’s Christmas List Edition

As I put together my Christmas list not long ago, I included several books that have caught my attention of late, including some from my long-time favorites Roger Scruton and Theodore Dalrymple. While I don’t find myself in complete agreement … Continue reading

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Gradeapalooza Potpourri

I got my grades turned in before lunch, and so begins the catching of breath for a few weeks. But since last I posted… The Spawn came home yesterday, where she’ll be living for the foreseeable future. We’ll go back … Continue reading

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“You Can Take Me, You Can Make Me Smile…”

So, legendary Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart has apparently retired from music at the age of 63. I can’t blame him — the drums are an intensely physical instrument, and forty years of recording and (especially) touring are bound … Continue reading

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A Few Words from an Awful Place

I should be going to bed about now — I probably will crash in a few minutes, anyway, but… As the aftermath of the San Bernardino shooting unspools, I’ve noticed a number of people saying on social media that they … Continue reading

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Tuesday Potpourri/Linky Love

The late Sydney J. Harris used to run a Saturday column called “Things I learned on the way to looking up other things.” Those columns were a staple of my boyhood reading the Nashville Banner in the 70s. (The Banner is … Continue reading

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