Category Archives: Religion

Any Sport in a Storm

Does it give me some kind of nerd credit that I watched Star Trek IV instead of the Superbowl? Actually, I’m not sure nerd credit is something I really want, since it’s become obvious in recent years just how petty … Continue reading

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Turtle Whirl

I was looking for information on the Black Tortoise of Winter who played a significant role in Grace Lin’s When the Sea Turned to Silver, and it turns out that he’s pretty closely tied to a god called Xuanwu, a … Continue reading

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Coping with Totalitarianism

The Table of Less Valued Knights, by Marie Phillips – There have been many parodies of the King Arthur mythos, but this one covers some ground that I hadn’t seen before. It introduces another table at Camelot for the knights … Continue reading

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Make American Carnage Again

There’s still a part of me that can’t believe Donald Trump is actually President of the United States. The guy is basically a Saturday morning cartoon villain, and not even one of the wisecracking ones. Actually, I was thinking about … Continue reading

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A Frosty Reception

Since our President-Elect is in love with Vladimir Putin and insists that everyone should constantly say “Merry Christmas,” I guess we’d better learn about Christmas in Russia, right? It might seem a little late for this, but Orthodox Christmas is … Continue reading

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Bearing Gifts We Traverse Afar

Today is Epiphany or Three Kings Day (although it might not be anymore by the time I’ve finished this post, at least not in this time zone), the celebration of the wise men bringing gifts to the baby Jesus. Well, … Continue reading

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Putting the Crap Back in Christmas

Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas – We knew this movie would be bad, and it totally lived up to our expectations. Beth, who will intentionally watch terrible things, has a weird fascination with Kirk Cameron, obnoxiously smug teen heartthrob turned obnoxiously … Continue reading

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