CHANUKAH [KHAN-nuh-kuh]: Jewish celebration of Festival of Lights


I grew up in a small community with a limited number of Jewish residents.   Two of my best friends in school were Si and Mark, both of whom were Jewish.   The odds benefited me, it would seem.  I was the recipient of knowledge about Judaism that many of my friends never received.   I was fortunate. […]

POCKET KNIFE: A short piece I wrote a while ago. Enjoy this fictional account.

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 Pocket Knife                                                                                 Jed Waverly I.                    Gram was 82 years old that Christmas.  She said it was probably her last one with us, so she wanted to do something special.   The fact is that Gram had said this every year for the past five or six […]

CHRISTOGRAM: a monogram or combination of letters that forms an abbreviation for the name of Jesus Christ


Christmas gets more and more contentious every year.   Last year we in Rhode Island suffered through the silliest conflict between the Governor, Lincoln Chafee, and citizens of this fair state.   It revolved around the fact that the Governor referred to the decorated tree in the State House as a “Holiday Tree” instead of a “Christmas […]

YULETIDE: of or pertaining to the Christmas season.

Well, no matter what you call it, this is Christmas morning.  There is an unexpected dusting of snow on the lawn and on the trees, giving it an old fashioned Christmas look, and the smell of wassail greeted us as we awoke this morning.   What more could you ask for? Last night at the Christmas […]

INCARNATION: the Christian doctrine of the union of God and man in the person of Jesus Christ

Christmas Eve in New York City was everything I wanted it to be. After a beautiful day on wonderfully-crowded streets, an incredible time in FAO Schwarz watching the magic in the eyes of children and an outstanding dinner at Paola’s on the Upper East Side we found our way to St. Bartholomew’s Church. In yesterday’s […]

HOLIDAY: a day fixed by law or custom on which ordinary business is suspended in commemoration of some event or in honor of some person

The controversy over what to say to people these days as a seasonal greeting can get silly. Granted, I prefer for people to say Merry Christmas when referring to the December 25 event, but I understand that it is uncomfortable for some. I find that strange, but I’m sensitive to that discomfort. I love to […]