The Fourth Candle: Messiah and the Power of Music

For whatever reason, it’s not often these days that anybody tries to convert me to Christianity. I try not to take it personally. For any evangelists out there interested in taking advice from this heathen UU wizard, I’ll share a secret: there’s a guy out there who successfully converts me a few times every year. … Continue reading The Fourth Candle: Messiah and the Power of Music

Together we Carry the Light

Last year, in a podcast episode, I read an email nearly in its entirety. Its author was to be my (then) three-year-old son’s new preschool teacher. Kellie knew her from childhood, the Waldorf community being the modest size that ti is, but this was my first impression. She was writing to introduce herself and also … Continue reading Together we Carry the Light

Ambushed in a Kindergarten Classroom

We all know by now that little things have a funny way of getting under my skin, but even after a lifetime of this, I still am pretty terrible at anticipating which things they will be and when. I spent all fall in the grips of one of them, and this one really sneaked up … Continue reading Ambushed in a Kindergarten Classroom

One More Thing About the Lights

On hometowns and non-nostalgia All my life, I’ve considered myself a highly nostalgic person, and certainly many others along the way have considered me so. Usually, they are being derisive about it. But I realized just recently that it isn’t actually true. I don’t actually do proper nostalgia at all. Nostalgia is the painful longing felt … Continue reading One More Thing About the Lights

Get in the Glow

Even in my most cynical and misanthropic years, I could never bring myself to hate them Christmas lights. Just look at them!I acknowledge well that there are reasons, even if I don’t agree with them, to take shots at many of the other aspects of our varied traditions, but in all seriousness, why would decorating … Continue reading Get in the Glow

Being Anti-Anti-Christmas

I keep catching myself turning into an old man. To be more specific, I keep catching myself doing and (most often) thinking things that a short time ago I would have attributed only to the mindset of a geezer. It’s worse than just being conscious of it, too. Each time I catch myself, I discover … Continue reading Being Anti-Anti-Christmas

The Panthers Have Not Been Real: Dispatches from Autumn

With only a few remaining days before Advent begins and a whole lot to talk about, I've scribbled some off-the-cuff dispatches from the autumn below. * I’ve seen a lot of deer and also several black panthers. The deer have been real, the panthers have not. * I remember this one moment one morning in … Continue reading The Panthers Have Not Been Real: Dispatches from Autumn

The Winds of Monte Rosa

On the coming of the Equinox in chaotic times. Everything of that day was autumn. The sun beamed in friendly fashion down upon our rock stronghold. It was still quite warm and formidable, but something in its character revealed the beginnings of its terminal wane. The wind, blowing steadily throughout the day’s adventure, made fewer … Continue reading The Winds of Monte Rosa