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Tongue-in-Cheek

Being a not entirely serious reflection on the bizarre news of the day and how it deeply impacts our lives.

When it must get there overnight...

A long time ago, in a land far, far away, Santa Claus was just starting his Christmas ministry. He was looking for animals that could fly, and pull his sleigh. Such animals are rare, indeed, because they have magical powers. Some animals, like birds, of course, fly under natural power, but unless you go back to primordial times, you won't find birds big enough to pull a sleigh loaded with toys.

Post Primary Traumatic Stress Disorder

Are you suffering from PPTSD? Never fear, help is only a few short therapy sessions away!

The Papal honeymoon is definitely over.

It's understandable that the world's elite news media failed to capture the essence of who Pope Francis is, given their dogged determination to always be ahead of the narrative. One can find a representative sample of the approach taken in the New York Times piece by Rachel Donadio from July of last year, "On Gay Priests, Pope Francis Asks, ‘Who Am I to Judge?’" Who can blame them for failing to understand a personality such as his — compassionate, humble, and yet with firm convictions regarding the difference between truth and falsehood, good and evil, beauty and ugliness, wisdom and folly, material and spiritual, timeless and ephemeral. One must travel far and wide to find such a combination in a world leader these days. Even Catholic journalists found him confusing, although one can come across the occasionally balanced perspective, such as that of Colleen Carroll Campbell in her piece "God and Mammon". And as the English poet, Alexander Pope, noted, "Hope springs eternal in the human breast." It matters not the provenance of that hope.

Upper class geek joke

Lt. Commander Scott, meet your Bynar counterpart...



Reflections on our consumer culture

The experts keep telling us that, because of our consumer culture, the country's going to hell in a hand basket. It seems to me the least these experts could do is tell us if the seats are comfortable, and whether it's possible to get matching luggage.

Come to think of it, my cat tells me it doesn't much matter where you're going, the mere thought of going their in a hand basket is pretty scary.

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