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Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter

On a chilly day in a Chinese Rivertown near Shanghai

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Christmas

God so loved us that for our sakes He, through whom time was made, was made in time; and He, older by eternity than the world itself, was younger in age than many of His servants in the world; He, who made man, was made man; He was given existence by a mother whom He brought into existence; He was carried in hands which He formed; He nursed at breasts which He filled; He cried like a babe in the manger in speechless infancy—this Word without which human eloquence is speechless. – Augustine


Your Holiday Spirit Comes From Movies and Music


You love everything to do with the holidays, and it’s likely that many of your favorite things are holiday related.

You have favorite songs, stories, and movies from this time of year that make your heart melt.

You prefer to make yourself happy whenever possible – because no one else is going to do it.

During the holiday season, you will spend as much time as you like with your favorites! You celebrate your own way.

Where Does Your Holiday Spirit Come From?
Blogthings: We’ll Tell You The Truth… Someone Has To!

From White Christmas

“In difficult times, you should always carry something beautiful in mind.”

–Blaise Pascal

The Xinjiang Procedure | The Weekly Standard

I teach at Xinjiang High School near Guangzhou. This article, The Xinjiang Procedure | The Weekly Standard, on organ harvesting was recommended by David Brooks in his Sidney Awards for 2011.

While one can’t escape the poor treatment and living conditions of the factory and construction workers as I live in the midst of that, this is an example of a more hidden injustice.

*N.B. The article gets the place wrong. It begins placing Xinjiang near Guangzhou and then talks about Northeast China. We’re in the Southeast. They must mean another Xinjiang. I asked them to check their facts.

Christmas in Seoul, 2011

Seoul's Cathedral, Christmas 2011

Poem of the Week

December

by Gary Johnson

A little girl is singing for the faithful to come ye
Joyful and triumphant, a song she loves,
And also the partridge in a pear tree
And the golden rings and the turtle doves.
In the dark streets, red lights and green and blue
Where the faithful live, some joyful, some troubled,
Enduring the cold and also the flu,
Taking the garbage out and keeping the sidewalk shoveled.
Not much triumph going on here—and yet
There is much we do not understand.
And my hopes and fears are met
In this small singer holding onto my hand.
Onward we go, faithfully, into the dark
And are there angels hovering overhead? Hark.

“December” by Gary Johnson.

From the Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor.

Is that the best they can do?

I haven’t gotten to watch any of the Republican debates. As a citizen, I think I should watch some, endure some. Yet, I have caught snippets on the news. Boy. Is this the best the GOP has to offer? How embarrassing.

I saw the last 30 seconds of Saturday’s debate. I’d completely forgotten Michelle Bachman existed. To have so many people running and no one worth watching . . .

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