Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Ruminations in a Hot Tub

 

My wife and I have a hot tub on our deck. Every night, even in the cold of winter, we soak in the hot water.

Up to our necks in 102-degree water, we talk and talk until our feet begin to wrinkle. One of our favorite topics is how lucky we’ve been in our lives. Our mental faculties are long past their expiration date, so we can return to that topic every few weeks and it always seems new. (That’s one of the perks of old age, along with a 10 percent discount at Krispy Kreme Donuts.)

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Dickens New Year Meditation

 

They were Old Chimes – Trust me. Not speechless though – far from it. They had clear, loud, lusty sounding voices, had these Bells and far and wide they might be heard upon the wind. They would pour their cheerful notes into a listening ear royally, and bent on being heard; on stormy nights, by some poor mother watching a sick child, or some lone wife whose husband was at sea. Falling out into the road to look up at the belfry when the Chimes sounded, Toby stood still, for they were company to him.

Toby found himself face to face with his own child and looking close into her eyes. Bright eyes they were. Eyes that would bear a world of looking in, before their depths were fathomed. Dark eyes, that reflected back the eyes which searched them, not flashingly, but with a clear, calm, honest patient radiance, claiming kindred with the Light which Heaven called into being. Eyes that were beautiful and true, and beaming with Hope. With Hope so young and fresh; with Hope so buoyant, vigorous and bright.

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Holidays mean holy days. So it is only normal to focus on the sacred and the divine during certain days.  Read More View Post

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Humiliated and Embarrassed by World Opinion

 

You know what causes most of the world’s UN representatives to have conniption fits? Let’s see, would it be an endless civil war in Syria in which hundreds of thousands have been senselessly killed? No, not really. How about the endless nuclear threats emanating from the psycho-Marxist state of North Korea that endanger world stability? Actually, not so much. Well then, how about the collapse of oil-rich Venezuela into chaos and starvation due to government-imposed socialism? Nope, it’s all good.

Well, what then? Here’s a simple, one-word clue: Israel. That’s really all you need to know, isn’t it? The entire world could be collapsing due to simultaneously occurring wars and various apocalyptic events and the only thing that would get a rise out of this Jew-hating deliberative body is anything at all to do with Israel.

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Once again, we had a great group of conversations started for our Group Writing Series in December. 01-December RushBabe49—Chili Party Read More View Post

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Magnum Opus

 

OK, after reading many Ricochet essays that obviously took weeks to craft and research, I have decided to get serious and write a Ricochet Magnum Opus. (Ed.: That’s too grandiose, tone it down some.)

Wait, after one sentence you’re already criticizing my Magnum Opus? (Ed.: Too megalomaniacal.)

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Greetings, dear Ricochetti and hey there, prayer partners! I’ve swept the chapel floor, renewed the spent candles, polished the pews, plumped the seat cushions, freshened the flowers – and set up comfy chairs and beverages in the social/fellowship hall [Divine Help Group]. (Links to previous posts are there, as well.) We’re ready for the new […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF#21 The Godfather

 

Happy New Year! Here at the ACF, we decided to give you a great American family story for the season of feasts! Join us in exploring the exciting Corleone family, much-beloved of Democrats, because they’re immigrants, and of Republicans, because they’re business men, job creators, and family men.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Inconvenient Iranian Protests

 

Iranian citizens have taken to the streets in Tehran and other cities in the last five days to protest their despotic regime. The Telegraph has reported that two people were shot and killed by Iranian police during one of the protests.

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“Though not vast, France is a big country, neither elongated like Italy or broken into archipelago like Japan, Denmark, or Indonesia. France is solid and centered. In Paris a Frenchman can feel that his world stretches more or less evenly in all directions, uninterrupted by sea or mountains, and yet not with the infinitude of […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. On Infrastructure

 

Infrastructure is a big word, a popular political word. What is included in that word depends on political perspective. But, dear reader, I think we can all agree that roads, bridges, rail systems, even airports, are a part of a perpetually needy transportation infrastructure. It can always be better, wider, safer, quieter and more efficient. Much of our infrastructure is in need of repair despite having spent nearly $1 trillion in federal money on it just a few years ago.

Donald Trump has often commented on the sorry state of our airports, bridges, and roadways. He’s a construction guy and likes nice stuff, but he is completely wrong when he intimates that this is somehow a failure of the federal government. It’s not. The federal government’s role in the upkeep of our roads and bridges is relatively small. It distributes funds from the collection of federal taxes on fuel to states and their transportation agencies for the maintenance of the interstate highway system. I see this role as pertinent to the federal role in the regulation of interstate trade. Anything else that the federal government does with respect to transportation infrastructure is extra-constitutional. Roads and bridges are state and local responsibilities. Airports and state highways systems are generally held by local, non-profit, government-sponsored entities which collect gate tolls, rentals, lease fees and parking receipts to pay for their improvements and maintenance. They also depend on state and federal appropriations to fund their missions.

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In light of the latest bout of protests in Iran, perhaps it is worth looking back at the “Arab Spring” generally. How does the Middle East look these days? What is the Arab Spring’s greatest success story? What is its worst failure?  Read More View Post

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After his failed senatorial campaign, what are Roy Moore’s options vis-a-vis his Oct-Nov 2017 accusers? Nothing, and just let the accusations hang in political history. How does this path, if taken, affect future political campaigns? File a civil suit again the Moore’s accusers and their supports. Does not suing confirm Moore’s guilt as accused? Look […]

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A man is taken into custody in Houston for being publicly drunk and unruly. Then they discover in his hotel room – wait for it – AMMUNITION! That leads to the discovery of a pistol. And a shotgun. And an AR 15 (horrors – an assault rifle!). That is three whole weapons. The first headline, […]

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There has been so much tension between men and women with all the stories of exploitation and accusations that I felt we needed a little something that we could laugh at–about ourselves and each other. Enjoy! Read More View Post

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On the day of Trump’s Inauguration, Ricochet’s Need to Know teamed up with two-thirds of the Ricochet Podcast to critique Trump’s speech and discuss his up-coming term. Jay Nordlinger, Mona Charen, Peter Robinson, and James Lileks were soon joined by Victor Davis Hanson. It was memorable. It is also well worth listening to again, as […]

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