A House Divided and Full of Fools

In 1858, in what is now known as his “House Divided” speech, Abraham Lincoln uttered the words, “A house divided against itself, cannot stand,” and in that instance, delivered one of the most important addresses in U.S. history. The speech marked his entrance into national politics at a time when the nation was profoundly at oddsContinue reading “A House Divided and Full of Fools”

Charles Dickens, Thomas Jefferson and a little Bob Dylan Thrown in Will Get You ‘Truth’

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, itContinue reading “Charles Dickens, Thomas Jefferson and a little Bob Dylan Thrown in Will Get You ‘Truth’”

The Traditional Sounds of Christmas

On any number of occasions, I have been known to say that God did not make me handsome, so he gave me a voice. As the story is told, and always by me, while waiting in line to leave heaven, bound for earth where I would soon be born, Our Lord took one last lookContinue reading “The Traditional Sounds of Christmas”

Blessed Winter Solstice, and Welcome to Christmas Week!

This morning at 5:02 EST, with a silver slice of Sister Moon Shining brightly,  Brother Sun stopped and stood completely still momentarily directly over the Tropic of Capricorn south of the equator. At that moment we welcomed this year’s Winter Solstice. Brother Sun now begins his long journey back to the north. Here at FallingContinue reading “Blessed Winter Solstice, and Welcome to Christmas Week!”

Always Darkest Before The Dawn!

The first person to use this proverb was Thomas Fuller, an English theologian, in the year 1650 and the idea behind this is related to the literal meaning of dawn. Dawn begins when the first light begins to show over the horizon from the sunrise. Therefore, there is the least light before dawn begins, because there while there isContinue reading “Always Darkest Before The Dawn!”

Solidarity in a Time of Social Distancing

In 2010, Barack Obama walked into the well of the House to deliver his annual State of the Union address and declared: “A new decade stretches before us.” He spoke to us of our frustrations and anger, many of which were fresh, open wounds inflicted upon us by the worst financial crisis since the GreatContinue reading “Solidarity in a Time of Social Distancing”

Six Days to Alter the Arc of the Universe

Civil rights champion Martin Luther King, Jr. once delivered a powerful speech with this resonant line: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Beautiful, huh? We all love this great Martin Luther King, Jr. quote… But over the last decade or so, it has been repeated so many timesContinue reading “Six Days to Alter the Arc of the Universe”