There are days for sunny morning walks in the garden, where dew-bejeweled roses release their fragrance on the light breeze.
These are not those days. These are days of harsh realities demanding sharp answers. This is now … time for thorns.
Just when I’m convinced that the leftists at the University of Wisconsin have reached the pinnacle of stupidity, they prove me utterly, absolutely, totally wrong.
Sometimes a sports franchise does something almost magical in its extension of kindness and creativity.
For the first time in a thousand years no Mass was said in public in Mosul last week, having been driven underground by ISIS. Many thousands of Christians have fled, faced with a choice of an unaffordable tax, conversion, or death. Many have gone to areas controlled by the Kurds, who have no problem with other religions and were fully cognizant that most of the Special Operations Forces they came into contact with were Christian.
If you think Christianity is not under attack across the world, consider that hardly any Western country has denounced the Islamists’ anti-Christian actions, certainly not His Oneness, who is more interested in trying to prevent Israel from cleaning out the sewer Hamas has made of Gaza than in protecting those not adherents to Islam.
James Garner was an actor I always enjoyed watching, regardless of the genre. I’ve always thought he received far less credit than he deserved because he made his job look so damned easy. He was one of the few actors who moved between TV and big screen without apparent difficulty.
If you have never heard a live performance of jazz in New Orleans, you have missed out on one of life’s great experiences. I was fortunate enough to hear the Ferbos trumpet purr and growl on three occasions when in New Orleans, the last time about a decade ago. He was an old man then, but he played like a youngster, sounding every bit as good as he had decades before. Life fine wine and cheese, his skill didn’t diminish, but simply aged into a state of grace. Every jazz lover now hopes he has a permanent gig at the Pearly Gates to welcome us.