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[People] obtain more joy and recreation in creatures through the dispossession of them.  They cannot rejoice in them if they behold them with possessiveness, for this is a care that, like a trap, holds the spirit to earth and does not allow wideness of heart.

– St. John of the Cross, Ascent of Mt. Carmel

Acknowledgement

Spanish anonymous – http://www.cervantesvirtual.com, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8653039

 

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For parts one and two, click here.

So I ended the last installment on this note:

I hope to communicate my disagreement diplomatically, with a due regard to what the G.O.T. story gets right. We’ll get to that next time.

What our show runners “get right” in terms of historical perceptiveness is precisely what many G.O.T. fans felt they got wrong story-wise.

Like I said, the winning of the Great War and the death of Melisandre suggest something of the actual historical movement Continue Reading »

Okay…let me open with Jack London, who made the following remarks in describing “the Wild” in winter: Continue Reading »

To My Jewish Brethren

As a New York State resident, my head and heart hang low.  Many of you may have heard of an assault on a Rabbi outside his home near New York City a day or so ago, the thirteenth in a string of anti-Semitic attacks in just the last month.

If any of my elder brothers and sisters in faith are reading this right now, please accept my heartfelt condolences, love, and assurance of prayers.

I cannot help but look at the parallel histories of our respective peoples — viz., Jews and Christians.  Both have spread, like twin streams, throughout different societies, abiding as strangers and sojourners.  Both have endured hardship and isolation — one with the hope of their Messiah, the other with the hope of their Messiah’s Return.

Let us, then, not forget one another, but strive together for peace.  We’ve just passed through seasons characterized by the lighting of trees and candles, which draws to mind the immortal words of St. John the Apostle:

Now this is the message that we have heard from him and proclaim to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.

– 1 John 1:5

Peace, and God bless.

Acknowledgement

By ארכיון השומר הצעיר יד יערי – Hashomer Hatzair Archives Yad Yaari, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5840684

Within a lodge of broken bark
The tender Babe was found,
A ragged robe of rabbit skin
Enwrapp’d His beauty ‘round;
(…)
The chiefs from far before Him Continue Reading »

For part one, click here.

From the observations I made Continue Reading »