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A Poem for the New Year: Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Ring out, wild bells”

From In Memoriam (106), by Alfred, Lord Tennyson Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light: The year is dying in the night; Ring out, wild bells, and let him die. Ring out the … Continue reading

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Why It’s Better to Say “Happy Holidays” Than “Merry Christmas” to Strangers

Because saying “Happy Holidays” to a stranger is not “taking Christ out of Christmas”; instead, it’s acknowledging the plurality of ways that late December is treated in a world in which not everyone is Christian. “Happy Holidays” is a catch-all that … Continue reading

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War is Over

If you want it. A nice holiday song if you’re worried (as I am) about 2010 and the prospects for war between Iran and Israel: 

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