Would I Have Listened?

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I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about John the Baptist! While John the Baptist is regarded as a prophet in Christianity, Islam, the Bahái faith, and Mandaeism, I'm sure part of it has to do with one of the biblical readings for this second week of Advent, Matthew 3:1-12. On the other hand, what subconscious truth was trying to make it's way to the surface of my mind?!?
Out of all the biblical characters, he's definitely a Who's Who. I'd even put him in the Who's Who of Weirdos. Think about it: he lives an austere lifestyle in the wilderness, wears clothing of camel hair, and ...

Have We Forgotten?

The holiday fervor has been in full swing in our small town since the week of Thanksgiving. The 20-ft Christmas tree and 26-ft German Christmas pyramid were installed at the Marketplatz a good ten days before Thanksgiving. Lighted garland swags were strung across Main Street and lighted wreaths mounted on every light post. All buildings and businesses were completely decked out by Thanksgiving. It's beautiful, especially at 4:55 AM when I'm on my way to the gym. There's a small park behind the historic library and adjacent to the county jail (yes, prisoners do wear black and white striped outfits!). All of the worn child-decorations that once were proudly displayed in the Marketplatz ...

Advent for Web Geeks

I thought I'd seen it all. Never, in a squillion years, would I ever have thought about connecting Advent and Geeks. While Christmas has become very commercialized, Advent, like Lent, is one of those church seasons not many pay much attention. Only children's advent calendars have crossed over to the commercial kingdom, as far as I know. My saintly tech husband introduced me to the wonderful advent calendar for web geeks. Of course, it has nothing to do with the spiritual side of Advent, but it's clever nonetheless. Each day, through the month of December, a daily dose of web design and development goodness is published...to bring a little Christmas cheer. Web geeks look forward to this advent calendar each year! Anticipation for upcoming goodies is heightened because it's impossible to sneak a peak at upcoming ...