by | Dec 4, 2017

Holiday wreaths being hung in October? Santa Claus making appearances in November? Christmas music before Thanksgiving? Enough! I think we need a new federal law to rein in the expanding duration and outlandish excesses of the Christmas holiday season. Now, critics…

by | Dec 28, 2016

Washington I noticed portents that this Christmas season would be different around Thanksgiving time. I noticed it when people unbidden would wish me “Happy Thanksgiving.” There seemed to be a note of exultancy in their greeting. Not everyone would say…

by | Dec 25, 2016

WARNING: Mild Spoilers Rogue One, a novella of a movie wedged between the Episode III and IV of the Star Wars saga, carries a message for the Christmas season. It is a prequel that sets up the coming actions of the…

by | Dec 23, 2016

Christmas is supposed to be a happy time of rejoicing and being together with the ones you love. But in the city where it all began, it is coming dangerously close to being celebrated for the last time. In Bethlehem,…

by | Dec 20, 2016

If we could just, at last, finally get the right government in! Then we’ll get things fixed. What kind of things? All kinds of things: so that they can be — it always seems to work this way — un-fixed…

by | Dec 16, 2016

When was the last time Benedictine nuns rocked your world? Well, since 2012, the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, have been topping the charts at Billboard magazine, building a loyal fan base among lovers of traditional classical music…

by | Dec 1, 2016

Books about Christmas, or with Christmassy themes, can be saccharine. Consider a couple that aren’t. Some may argue that the Willie Nelson book Pretty Paper comes close to it in a couple of places. But we give America’s favorite troubadour a bit more latitude than others, do we not? And sentimental or no, the book has its strengths. Willie Nelson fans — you don’t have to go far to find these — will love it.

by | Nov 29, 2016

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Jack Frost nipping at your nose Yuletide carols being sung by a choir And folks dressed up like Eskimos Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe Help to make the season bright Tiny tots…

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