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Jane Austen hiked up her dress, spat out a tooth, and wiped the blood from her chin with the back of her swollen hand. “Who’s next? Who wants a piece of me?” Her laser-like gaze swept the crowd of servants, but none cared to join their fellows, bruised, unconscious, and piled up on the floor […]

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Settle an ongoing debate among my relatives. Have cellphones negated the use of land lines? Even without paying for the service, land lines are still accessible for 911 calls after a hurricane or other disaster which might knock out cell towers. But without the service (and common usage) one cannot call neighbors and relatives to check […]

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I don’t mess around when it comes to New Years resolutions. Every year I make a list, usually about ten items long. I keep the list with me during the year, checking items off as they are accomplished. If the goal is more aspirational rather than a specific task, I’ll give myself a grade at […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Is It True that “the Whole Point of Art Is to Be Provocative”

 

[The above quoted phrase came from Fred Cole’s post on “The Interview,” which is otherwise excellent.]
P ChristIsn’t that the stupid excuse that leftists use in producing bad (or good) art that is strictly political in nature?

The whole point of art is to express — to express one’s heart, an insight, an epiphany (especially) — and to create. The best use of art is to ennoble and to add to mankind’s collection of many and varied interpretations of what life on this earthly plane is.

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In Cuba, every automobile owner is stuck with a vehicle from the 1940s or 1950s. Imagine that person’s delight at witnessing modern vehicles, even without any hope of affording one. And imagine the delight of American car enthusiasts at obtaining access to this vast hoard of vintage vehicles. Cubans call them clunkers. We call them classics.  […]

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“There is one thing that stands out on this birthday of the Light, on this entrance procession of goodness into the world, and it fills us again and again with the nagging doubt whether those great things we talk about have really happened there in the stable of Bethlehem. Look at the sun, it is grand, glorious, majestic; nobody could possibly overlook its yearly triumphal return. Should not its Creator at his arrival be even more majestic, more impressive? Should not this very sunrise of history flood the face of the earth with inexpressible glory?

“Yet instead — how miserable is everything we hear about in the Gospel! Or could it be that this very misery, this insignificance within the framework of this world, is the hallmark of the Creator, by which he makes known his presence? This, at first, appears to be an unbelievable thought. And yet — if we explore the mystery of God’s providence, we will see every more clearly that God seems to give of himself a twofold sign. There is, first of all, the sign of his creation. But alongside this sign there appears more forcefully the other, the sign of what is insignificant in the world. The most genuine and most important values are found in this world precisely under the sign of humility, of hiddenness, of silence. Whatever is decisively great in this world, whatever determines its fate and its history, is that which appears small to our eyes. God, after having chosen the small and ignored people of Israel for his very own people, has made, in Bethlehem, the sign of insignificance into the decisive sign of his presence in the world.

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Just a little layover on the way home for an almost stolen visit with family. That is, home is in Japan for now, and some family is in New Mexico. I’ll “add media” later from a PC so I can dedicate both hands to the task. Preview Open

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Around this time of year, serious Christians all across the political spectrum to bemoan the increasing commercialization of Christmas, that the marketing of presents overrides and corrupts the true meaning of Christmas. Let me provide a counter-argument, what could even be called Christmas cheer, to those so concerned. To see what I am getting at, […]

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First, let’s take a quick tour of the major concepts of the Totalitarian Mind. In the 1840s Karl Marx’s dogmatic materialism gave us the concept of propaganda. For a Marxist there is nothing that really corresponds to Art. It isn’t so much that all governments lie and that the ruling class’s lies are enforced, but […]

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Christmas for my family ended at eleven o’clock last night with aching feet and dishpan hands. Because we celebrate on Christmas Eve, it’s not unusual for Christmas Day to leave us feeling rather flat. But hey, it’s still Christmas – and there are 12 days more of it – so there’s no reason for the […]

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This is a re-release of a Christmas classic due to popular demand. Enjoy if you dare: After the war I moved to Costa Rica, bought some raw land and started to clear it. The Costa Ricans (Ticos) are known for their laid back lifestyle, but I was a little bit surprised that I could not […]

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At our house, the annual Cuban dinner around Christmas time will have a little more meaning than usual now that the President has started the process of warming relations with The Dictators in Havana. We’ll toast the Cubans with dry sherry; we’ll feast on pork soaked in lemons and lime; and we’ll mix the black […]

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I don’t see how this ends in anything short of some type of civil war. Barry and his ilk have been whipping this up since at least the assassination of MLK or before, and more than ever during the last miserable 6 years. White girl burned alive (me thinks by black gang-bangers but nobody wants […]

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For years, I’ve listened to these carols every Christmas Eve. Not only do they give me a jolt of the Christmas spirit (which can be tricky in the deserts of Arizona), they now remind me of many late nights waiting for my nosy kids to fall asleep, wrapping piles of gifts after midnight and assembling bicycles until three A.M.

Enjoy the music and, as they say in Finland, hyvää joulua!