CHRISTIAN: a person who exemplifies in his or her life the teachings of Christ


This morning the papers carried the news that Ted Cruz had “won” the Republican slot for the presidency in the Iowa Republican Caucus.  The picture of his victory speech showed him in front of an American flag and a huge cross.   That’s because Senator Cruz boasts that he is a Christian and that it is […]

VICTORY: that which is ascribed to a winner, not a loser


This morning is a morning of victory…for the American people.   The entire Congress (meaning both houses) and the President have signed the legislation to re-open the government and to issue a temporary relief in the debt ceiling debate.  It’s not ideal, but it’s a victory, nonetheless. It is not a victory for the President…yet.   The […]

CONTRAPUNTAL: two or more relatively independent melodies sounded together.


  I’m well aware that the term contrapuntal is reserved almost exclusively for the field of music.   It describes two tunes or melodies which are played at the same time, fighting against each other.  To oversimplify it, it is as if you are playing “Mary had a little lamb” with your left hand on a […]