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Santanimals

According to the annoyingly catchy Christmas novelty song “Dominick the Donkey,” Santa Claus rides a donkey because “the reindeer cannot climb the hills of Italy.” But can’t the reindeer fly, in which case hills would be more or less irrelevant? … Continue reading

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The Dragon and the Maiden

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, by Patricia Wrede – This is a series of four books: Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, and Talking to Dragons. The last was actually the first written, but after Wrede was convinced … Continue reading

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Holy Family Reunion

I’ve examined Jesus’ immediate family before, but what about beyond that? John 19:25 refers to a woman named Mary of Clopas, called as Jesus’ “mother’s sister,” being present at the crucifixion. But since his mother was named Mary, does that … Continue reading

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Sounds Like Arius Was on the Naughty List

I’ve written before about St. Nicholas, the fourth-century Bishop of Myra who eventually morphed into today’s Santa Claus, and whose feast day is today (well, actually yesterday at this point, thanks to the lines at Walmart). The most famous story … Continue reading

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Bring Me My Bow of Burning Gold

Despite what its title might suggest, “Jerusalem” is a very popular national song in England. The words were originally written as a poem by William Blake, and Sir Hubert Parry wrote the music in 1916, presumably as part of an … Continue reading

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It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature

The concept of Mother Earth is an ancient one, appearing in many different cultures. One of the most famous is the Greek Gaia, mother to the Titans, the giants, and many others. Obviously the myth-makers realized that nature has both … Continue reading

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Semiramis Kind of Life

Looking back at this Chick Tract dissection, I thought that Jack Chick’s obsession with Semiramis might be worth a post. So who’s Semiramis? And is she related to Harold Ramis, who played Egon in Ghostbusters? I don’t know about the … Continue reading

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