Things to be Grateful for as Winter Approacheth: It's ez to be grateful for summer.
We acquire a nice room addition (our back porch), a warm sun, a garden, a bball hoop & a hammock. All are unusable by November. We can bike, canoe, picnic, hike until then. There are birds and full-foilage'd trees.
But the slightly more painful months are five: Nov. through March. November & December are ameliorated by college football, the Buckeyes especially - thanks to an overly favorable rating system concerning the Big Ten and the excellence of Coach Tressel. There is also a new season of The Office, the best show on tv.
With January comes a new season of 24, complete with one or two hearty two-hour specials. 24 declined last season, but here's hoping for a resurgence to its 2005-era glory. February...well, I'm grateful it's normally only 28 days. March brings the spectacular event of St. Patrick's day, the day Hambone & I become members of the Ancient Order of Hiberians (for that day) and hear the greatest Irish-American band in history, the Hooligans.
Caught a snippet of the 1960 movie-biography of composer Franz Liszt "Song Without End". In one scene Liszt's lover (say five times fast) says she wants to meet his mother, wants to experience all of him, his past as well as his future. And I thought wow, here's an analogy with our relationship with Christ. Can I say to Him: "I want to experience your past, that is your suffering and crucifixion, as well as your future coming in glory?" Love wants to.
Searching for something else came across this against Calvinism -- it is interesting that the writer fingers the Black Death as responsible for the harsher view of God. Did Jansenism gain inroads amid the Irish after the famine? How can we maintain a sense of God's goodness in the coming apocalyptic times? Concerning the fall-out from the Irish famine:
The author describes how the “immense depths of pain” experienced by the Irish led them to a religious faith influenced by melancholy...Do we in present-day America come to faith and religion from a life of suffering and pain? If we are materially comfortable, do we express our faith differently from others who suffer daily?
Tribal Pundit Hurts My Wallet: I'd never heard of Enter the Haggis until now, but now I may have to get their CD. Two great versions of the Irish tune The Minstrel Boy, one soulfully mournful and one rocking, found here.
Freeware to clean up trojan horse here (to the extent you can ever really clean up a trojan horse).