Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Opus 2017-158: Digging into Deuteronomy: Immigrants

(Deuteronomy 1:16 NAS77)  "Then I charged your judges at that time, saying, 'Hear the cases between your fellow countrymen, and judge righteously between a man and his fellow countryman, or the alien who is with him.

Immigration is a big issue today in the United States.  It has been an issue from the beginning of our history.  As should be expected the Bible has something to say about it.  The legal structure of Israel made allowance for dealing with the “alien” (1616).  This is the first reference to non-Jews in Deuteronomy.  There are more.  I have noticed three issues. 

First is the concept of justice even for foreigners.
(Deuteronomy 24:14 NAS77)  "You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your countrymen or one of your aliens who is in your land in your towns.

(Deuteronomy 24:17 NAS77)  "You shall not pervert the justice due an alien or an orphan, nor take a widow's garment in pledge.

(Deuteronomy 27:19 NAS77)  'Cursed is he who distorts the justice due an alien, orphan, and widow.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
I remind you that the Biblical idea of justice has nothing to do with the modern mantra involving “social justice”.  That is just a way of pushing a left wing agenda.  Real justice is based on unchanging truth and values.  Real justice does not change based on who is in power.  Write that down and underline it if you need to. 

The Bible says that even the alien is to receive justice.

A second principle for aliens is that they were also expected to celebrate the Sabbath.
(Deuteronomy 5:14 NAS77)  but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant or your ox or your donkey or any of your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you, so that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.
The day of rest was a principle established by God for all of creation.  It did not just apply to an in crowd or ruling party

All of this being said, the third principle is that foreigners are not always held to the same standard of Jews.
(Deuteronomy 14:21 KJV)  Ye shall not eat of any thing that dieth of itself: thou shalt give it unto the stranger that is in thy gates, that he may eat it; or thou mayest sell it unto an alien: for thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.
God did not expect the non-Jew to follow the same dietary laws as His people.  Food that would be rejected for a Hebrew was okay for a gentile.  This is a focused verse but it shows you the principle.

These are principles that should be taken into consideration as we think about the aliens in our midst.

homo unius libri

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Opus 2017-157: A Battle Plan for Defeating Terrorism

How do we fight terrorism?  That is an important question for those of us raised in liberty and reading about another cowardly atrocity in England.

Go to a concert.

Go to the mall.

Go to church.

Hang around in the park.

Keep living your life the way you would have lived it, because if you back off and live in fear the terrorists have won.

I am sure that owning guns and knowing how to use them would help.  You might want to reinforce your front door and avoid certain parts of town.  You need to up your awareness level.  But those are things you should be doing anyway, not because of the terrorists.

There are security measures that could be put in place to catch the evil butchers.  The problem is that the cure would be worse than the disease.  It would require actions which would make the Gestapo look like kindergarten crossing guards.  Sure we could lock up the murders but in the process we would also be confining a lot of totally innocent people.  We would lose our freedom of movement and association.  The cost would not be worth the cure.

That is what they want.  They don’t need to kill anyone.  All they need is for us to begin the process of becoming a police state.

Then, they win.

I confess this is easier for me than some.  I am old.  As a believing Christian I am ready to go.  Death has no fear and I have a confidence in God’s ability to guide history.  My children are launched.  I don’t have as much to lose as many of you. 

The principle is still solid.

Resist evil.  Keep living in liberty.  Eventually those willing to die will die.  The problem will solve itself and I will still have freedom of speech, the press, religion, petition, association and self defense.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Opus 2017-156: Connecting the Dots

Two days ago I wrote about the article in the New York Times about the CIA operatives being rolled up by the Chinese government.  Let’s be honest.  What that means is a group of people spying for the United States were caught, interrogated and probably executed.  That is serious business that is a part of the interaction of nations.  I do not fault the Chinese for protecting their interests.  I do fault the Times for their partisan hack reporting. 

I also want to connect some dots for you that I don’t believe the Times will get to.  I could be wrong but I am not going to pay them to find out.  I pointed out that Hillary Clinton was secretary of state while this was happening.  What did not occur to me until this morning that it was also the time when she was compromising the security of the United States by running an illegal server for her internet connections.  I think I have read that the Russians had hacked her.  Based on the timing of these deaths I think we can assume that the Chinese were also not asleep to the opportunity.

Does my timing work?  If it does, I would say it is pretty obvious that these agents of the American government were caught and punished because Hillary broke the law.  To me this is serious stuff, but how did Hillary put it, “What difference does all that make now?”

And they wet their pants because Trump does his job and talks to the Russian ambassador.  These people are insufferable. 

homo unius libri

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Opus 2017-155: Headlines: Maybe They Didn’t Like the Music

Followers of the Religion of Peace handed out tracts at a concert in England yesterday.  Okay, so they actually set off a bomb.  My heart goes out to the victims and their families.  My rage goes out to the politicians who continue to play word games with the war on Western culture by Muslim terrorists.

In reading an article in the Daily Mail I came across this,
“The suicide bomber, who was known to authorities and is said to be British-born,...”
We will probably read about what a nice guy he was.  We will hear about how surprised everyone is who knew him.  They will be disappointed that he was not a Baptist protesting homosexual marriage.  Meanwhile the death toll keeps growing.

Keep in mind that the Koran gives devout Muslims permission to kill heretics and infidels.  Understand that anyone who does not agree with your interpretation, or the interpretation of your spiritual leaders, is a heretic and infidel.  That is why the terrorists actually kill more Muslims than non-Muslims.  It keeps the Muslim masses, who might protest the violence, quiet.  They are afraid it might be them next.

You wonder why I don’t want the government reading my e-mails and private documents?  Everything the government knows eventually become available to hackers and haters.  The government may never come for me but maybe ISIS will.

Will the West find a way to deal with the cancer or will we just convert.

homo unius libri

Monday, May 22, 2017

Opus 2017-154: Headlines: Funny Papers

The media keeps muddying the water and trying to make Trump look bad while protecting Hillary and Obama.  The link on the Drudge report told about China killing CIA agents.  Trump seems to have done it again.  When you go to the Article in the NY Times it seems to reinforce that information.  How many people stop reading here?

Oh, wait.  When you start reading the article, in the fine print under a very large picture you find that the agents disappeared between 2010 and 2012.  I read the article with my baloney meter plugged in.  The basic facts seemed correct.  There is no real reason to doubt them.  But the Times can’t help itself.  Who is the one politician mentioned in the article?  You guessed it, Donald Trump.  He was nowhere near the White House in 2010.

Guess who was.  I know, it is hard.  Go ahead and say it, Barak Obama.  And to add insult to injury guess who was Secretary of State during that period.  Got it first try, Hillary Clinton.  So we have a major breakdown in our intelligence gathering and the two people in charge are not mentioned but a man who was not even running for office at the time is highlighted in the article.

If it isn’t a deliberate conspiracy then it is an example of children running a newspaper.  Take your pick.

And don’t believe anything you read even when the facts are accurate.  You can lie by telling half the truth even better than making up leaks from anonymous sources.

homo unius libri

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Opus 2017-153: Headlines: They Keep Coming Out of the Closet

We tend to think that the Trump haters are all snowflakes dancing in the street and throwing rocks at police.  Not true.  Many Trump haters are wearing the masks of conservative pundits and bloggers.  It makes taking Caesar down easier if he thinks you are his friend.  Recently I read through three posts on Power Line starting with “I, Nut Job”.  While billing themselves as conservatives all three bloggers weigh in with attacks on Trump for comments that were leaked by someone “close” to Trump. 

What is my criticism?  I am not above criticizing the president.  I am sure he needs to be criticized.  But it seems a bit counter productive to hold a trial and pronounce a conviction based on an unnamed source “quoted” in the New York Times.  You need to get to the second post before you find the words, “That is, assuming that the anonymously sourced report on a memo by an unidentified author is true.”


And then Power Line proceeds to reinforce the hysteria of the left.  What is the big issue this time?  He says something uncomplimentary about the guy he just fired.

How do we start to fight the lies and anti-American rhetoric of the Democrats and their allies in the media?  Stop quoting them or believing that anything they say is true.  If they quote some anonymous source, ignore them.  If they quote someone by name, get the entire transcript from a neutral source and read it in context before you let your response see the light of day.  According to Wikipedia the idea of the Big Lie goes back to Adolf Hitler and Mein Kampf. 

Maybe we could make a litmus test for conservatives whether they become tools of the Democratic attack on America.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-152: On the Street: Filters

I couldn’t understand any of the words except for the often repeated refrain, “Take me the way I am.”  It reminded me of the process of selling a used car when we label it “as is”.

I am in a restaurant with the “elevator music” being played in the background.  Often I can tune it out but other times it keeps poking it’s obnoxious nose into my thought track.  This is one of those days.

Why would I want to take her the way she is?  Maybe she is the one perfect person in the world.  Maybe it is simply a request to stop being so critical.  Love tends to be blind.  We take people the way we think they are, not the way they are.  That is why marriage is a difficult road.  As you wake up your realize the trailer is not the movie, the cover is not the book.  In order to make a meaningful relationship work it is necessary for both sides to realize that you are a work in progress and how the final design emerges depends on whom is more important to you.

So if taking you the way you are means you like your steak rare and hate tomatoes, I can live with that.  If it means bad breath, body odor, rap music, foul language and voting Democrat, I pass.

I am afraid you will also have to take me the way I am, or not.

homo unius libri

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Opus 2017-151: It’s in the Blood

Christians have a lot of ideas that seem strange to modern minds.  One of the obsessions that we have is with blood.  It isn’t that we are violent or perverted.  We are not talking zombie makeup.  It is because of the teachings rooted in the history of Israel about God’s character and humanity’s needs.

One attribute of God is justice.  This is tied in with His immutability.  God is thus locked by His character into a consistency that does not allow for Him to violate His principles.  We may not always understand them but they are consistent.  The laws of science and nature are a result of this consistency.  Thus we have such ideas as cause and effect, action and reaction and a refusal to accept that life could come from nothing.  We might get a deeper understanding through research and experimentation but at the core are unchanging laws.

As a just God, there is a requirement that breaking His laws demands punishment.  When we sin we must be punished. 
(Romans 3:23 KJV)  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
So that means that all must be punished.  That is what a just God demands.  But a loving God provides a way out.
(Romans 6:23 KJV)  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
In order to be consistent, God won’t just forgive the sin.  The sin must be paid for.
(Hebrews 9:22 NAS77)  And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
So you end up in a paradox.  We sin.  Sin must be punished.  The punishment must be death.  Blood must be shed.
(Leviticus 17:11 KJV)  For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
Thus blood becomes of vital importance to Christians.  Blood must be shed.  It can be ours or it can be the blood of the Perfect Lamb of God.  Is it the shedding of the blood or the sprinkling, application, that makes the difference?  That is for another day.

homo unius libri

Friday, May 19, 2017

Opus 2017-150: Thanks Thoughts: Infinite to Insignificance

I was meditating on the nature of God and his omnipotence.  It came to me again that the God who created the universe also knew me in totality.  That thought contains both warm fuzzies and abject terror.

Some might think such thinking is a bit arrogant.  Who am I to think that God even notices me?  I understand and agree with that response.  In the scheme of things I am of no significance.  Neither are you.  The awesome nature of God is that He is big enough to cover both ends of the spectrum.  In fact, it isn’t arrogance on my part to think He knows me.  It is an awareness of how eternal and infinite God is.  You see, if He were not big enough to know me, He would not really be God, at least the God of the Bible. 

We have so many things to be thankful for.

homo unius libri

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Opus 2017-149: New Terms: NIWS

I have been trying to find out news about what is happening in my country and the world.  One place I check is The Drudge Report, but since I realized I could hover over the link and see the source in the bottom corner of the page I have realized how little there is beyond The Democrat Talking Points Media.  I see hit piece after hit piece and they all come from the same five or six  sources.  I think if Drudge would eliminate the NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post, Politico, Bloomberg and The Hill, there would be little left on the site.

I find that the Washington Times and Fox also tend to just echo the latest attack from the socialist agenda.

News should become NIWS meaning Nonsense, Innuendo, Wishful Thinking and Slander.

Does anyone know of a serious news site that isn’t a propaganda fount for the left?  And don’t give me an Old Faithful for the right either.

I guess I still believe in miracles.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Opus 2017-148: On the Street: Lap-snowflakes

Snowflakes are like dogs and I mean no disparagement to dogs when I say that.  Maybe I should say they are like little, happy lap dogs when they are out for a walk.

What stirred this was an observation on a street corner as I drove to work.  Some local resident was walking a little dog and was waiting for the light to change so they could cross the street.  The dog was all perky, vibrating with energy and wagging its tail.  It looked past the collar and leash which anchored it and showered adoration on the human at the other end of the leash.  It was happy to be out with its master.  It was so happy to be going that it didn’t care that it had few choices.

Thus the parallels with the snowflakes of today.  They are on a leash and don’t even know.  They are full of energy and look with adoration at their handlers.  Their handlers make them feel important and throw food their way.  An occasional pat on the head is also a bonus.  EBT cards for their daily wants, free clinics to get shots for their STD’s, a bus pass and legalized pot round out their day.  One big advantage is you don’t need to pick up after yourself.

What they don’t see is the other side of being a lap dog.  If you get to be a pest, a quick trip to the vet puts you out of your misery.  You can be locked in a cage and kicked off the couch.  You have no choice about where you go and when you go but since you don’t know any better it doesn’t bother you.

I am afraid I have seen too much of life and enjoyed too much liberty to want that kind of life.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Opus 2017-147: Ode to Old: Turning Pages

As I face retirement I am not preparing to die, I am preparing to live.  That has a double focus.

First, I am going into a new phase of life.  I am not closing the book, I am going to the next chapter.  I will be exploring a new part of the country, experimenting with new restaurants and developing a schedule free of alarm clocks.  I look forward to it.

Second, I am looking at eternity not a few more years.  I realize there is no point in me buying expensive books any more.  Paper back or e-books will do.  I am not going to take them with me and if my kids are not interesting in the title it only needs to last as long as I do.  What is in those books will be preparing me for the ages.  Eternity is a long time.  I imagine I will have a universe to explore and an infinite God to relate to.  What I will be reading and studying now are the children’s books of an eternal education.

Sounds good to me.  Paul put the conflict like this,
(Philippians 1:23-4 KJV)  For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:  Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
It is a win/win.

homo unius libri

Monday, May 15, 2017

Opus 2017-146: Happy Janitors’ Day

“Hmmm, this is not light roast.” 

We are creatures of habit and often stop paying attention.  We expect the stop sign to remain at the intersection.  We avoid the intersections with cameras and don’t need to think about it.  I fill my coffee cup from the second-from-the-right urn.  That is where the light roast is supposed to be.

Not this morning.  Someone messed up.  Did it ruin my day?  No, but it sure woke me up quicker than the coffee is supposed to work.  It made me wonder how much I take for granted in my daily existence. 

What people do we take for granted.  Have you ever asked yourself who cleans your workplace?  Maybe it is you.  If you are at a place that expects you to bus your table do you take your trash to the bin or leave it for someone else to clean up?  Do you pick up your own socks? 

We just went through Mothers’ Day.  Mothers across the nation heard from sons that had not thought about them for 364 days.  I guess that is worth something.  It would be nice if we would get a little more in the habit of thanking people for what they do.  At our school we have a great group of support staff.  Often they are overlooked as we talk about children and teachers but where would we be without the clerks and custodians. 

Maybe today could be Janitors’ Day.  Or maybe every Monday.  Tuesday could be Clerks’ Day.  On Wednesday you could have a kind word for the guy putting out peaches at the grocery store.  Do you have a place you eat or shop where the people seem extra nice?  I don’t think we need a Bloggers’ Day.  We feed our egos enough with the arrogance of posting.

Make someone’s day.

homo unius libri

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Opus 2017-145: One the Street: Judge a Book by It’s Index

At times I wonder what people’s stories are.  I look at an attractive, outgoing woman working a flunky job at a restaurant and wonder, “Why is she doing this?”  I look at a short guy walking with difficulty and wonder what has happened in his life to steal his mobility?  I am guessing that these samples of humanity once had dreams.  I am guessing that at one time they were full of hope for the future and the picture in their mind did not look anything like the one they are living.

I wonder if they are still actively writing chapters in their life book or whether they have given up and just go through their day.  You often can’t tell from the little glimpse you get.  The clerk in the store might be a manager spending some time in the trenches and experimenting with a new approach to retail.  The guy on the bicycle may have just begun a new exercise program in the battle to overcome diabetes.  The guy in the old car might be saving to buy a new home.

As I approach retirement I find it too easy to coast into the index of life and spend all my time looking at what has already happened.  God keeps reminding me that if He was done with me then He would not have had that crazy driver turn left instead of right.  I need to remind myself that there are millions of books I have not read.  There are dance steps to learn.  There are people to help and trees to plant. 

And of course there are blogs for posting.

Have a glorious weekend and keep writing that story of your life.

homo unius libri

Friday, May 12, 2017

Opus 2017-144: Middle Class Morality: Concern for the Poor

One of the political mantras that is used to manipulate the masses is “concern for the poor”.  Most of what we hear is nothing but contempt and deceit.  If the left cared about the poor they would teach them self respect, independence and force them to work their way out of poverty.  Instead they talk about self-esteem, rights, entitlements and perpetual dependence.

The real concern for the poor comes from the Bible and has always been a part of Christian culture.  Think about the institutions we think are normal but have been carved out of the centuries by applying Christian ideas.

Hospitals are a Christian concept.  Consider all the hospitals in town that are affiliated with a Christian group.  I am not sure of my history on this but I think the idea of a hospital was generated by medieval monks as they tried to care for lepers and other poor sick people.  The poor had a doctor come to their home and servants to care for them.  The poor had the monks.  Today we think it is normal.

We have all heard of Sunday Schools.  The original concept came from the Christians of England concerned about all the children working six days a week.  The only day they had free was Sunday so they started teaching them to read on that day.  The idea of universal education was the result of the Protestant emphasis that the Bible was the authority and that each individual needed to be able to read it. 

Rejection of Slavery has its roots in Christianity.  While it is true that the Bible does not forbid slavery it tells masters to treat their slaves like brothers.  It is hard to maintain the institution when it is family.  William Wilberforce was motivated by his Christian faith.  Leaders of the underground railroad tended to be people of faith.  These are not concepts that were generated by the pagan or Muslim world.

Nobles Oblige is a concept that needs to be revived.  It is a Christian concept that says those who are blessed are expected to use their blessings for those less fortunate.  The world has always had elites and always will have elites.  They are the blessed who have power, wealth and influence.  They run things.  The problems we are having today is a surfeit of narcissistic elites and a lack of servant elites. 
(Proverbs 31:5 KJV)  Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
The idea of being created equal is Biblical, not philosophical.  We need to get back to our roots.

Viva la middle class morality.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Opus 2017-143: Red Lines to the Right of Me,...

I expect my last sixteen days of teaching in middle school to be peaceful and full of learning.  Why?  Because 20 minutes before the end of school yesterday one of our fearless leaders came on the intercom, interrupted a student giving an oral report and trying to explain the dialogues of Socrates to other sixth graders, and told us that she was drawing another line in the sand and they had better not cross it. 

Okay, she didn’t put it that way.  What she said was that some of them have been here three years and they know the rules and expectations.  From this point on there will be no tolerance.  If they did not behave, all end-of-the-year activities would be cancelled.  I am not sure what happened to bring this red line but I expect the results will be similar to what happened with Obama in Syria.

Or the kids could suddenly become well behaved and seekers of wisdom.

I will get back to you on that.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Opus 2017-142: Headlines: Awesome Unity

Did you hear about the election results of Paris, 90% for one candidate.  That is an awesome display of unity or a clear example of stupid.  Personally I think it sounds a lot like the managed elections of the soviet empire.  Remember those days when you were required to vote and there was only one candidate and no write-in line?  It sounds like they are still with us.

We see similar patterns in the United States in large cities controlled by the Democrat machine.  I remember one of the elections in pre-statehood Missouri where there were around 3,000 registered voters and 6,000 votes were cast for the pro-slavery Democrats.  It must have been full of issues that concerned the local zombies.

Since it was France and its capital, I am willing to believe there might be that much group think but not anywhere else in the “free” world.  Next time you hear someone complaining about the partisan politics we have and how we are a divided country remember that is a mark of freedom.  It is also a sign that we are not French.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Opus 2017-141: Keeping Info Private

In many of my classes I don’t worry about students cheating on quizzes.  None of them know enough to copy from.  I had a different experience in a more advanced class.  I told a student to turn around and stop trying to copy the work of the guy behind him.  The one with the answers told me that I didn’t need to worry.  He could not copy the answers because they were written in cursive.

Who would have thought.  Maybe the way to encrypt documents has been right in front of us all the time.

Cursive, the secret language.

homo unius libri

Monday, May 8, 2017

Opus 2017-140: Smarter but Slower

I am constantly amazed at how the spell check on my computer works, or doesn’t work.  I have certain words that I use frequently and have a brain block against.  Here is how I spelled one of them:


The spell checker was clever enough to tell me it was spelled wrong.  That worked, but when I clicked for a correction it told me, “No suggestions”.

Really?  The correct spelling is “crucifixion”.  Surely that isn’t such a big stretch. 

Keep in mind that computers are not smart.  They are fast and generally have good memories but that is it.  AI will never replace thinking, at least for Republicans.

homo unius libri

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Opus 2017-139: Headlines: French Fried Freedom

The Drudge Report takes us to an ominous article in The Independent.  It brings up the specter of censorship by the government and points out a significant difference between European values and America. 

France is having an election.  A group of hackers have been posting information about the “moderate” (read elite choice) candidate,  Emmanuel Marcon.  We have experienced the same thing in our elections.  If it isn’t hackers it is scurrilous advertisements the night before the election.  When our candidate is the target we are full of righteous indignation and demand that something be done about it.  When the other guy gets hit we tend to shrug and say, “That’s politics”.

France is doing something about it.  They are threatening to put journalists in jail if they publicize the content of the e-mails.  I will confess that there have been times when I would have welcomed that consquence.

We need to understand.  Either we have a free press or we don’t.  We do not need our government mimicking the French and passing laws on what the main stream media can publish and what they can’t.  The reason is that you can’t trust anyone to draw such lines.  It reminds me of the high moral ground that my students tend to take on honesty.  They say, “I never lie.......unless it is necessary.”  Would the French election commission have been so fast to drop the hammer if the expose were about Merine Le Pen?  Could we trust the Obama administration to draw the line without political calculation?

We need to deal with our press by not buying their publications, paying their fees or supporting their advertisers.  We do not need to go the European route of benevolent despotism. 

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-138: Confusion Is Normal

Have you read the latest on quantum physics?  No?  Neither have I.  I am not even sure that I know what quantum physics is.  I am not sure that the scientists and mathematicians who are researching and debating it know what it is.  That does not keep them from knowing it exists and seeking to understand it.

What I do understand if displacement.  What is displacement?  It means that I don’t fill the bathtub up to the rim before I get in.  Do you understand Newton’s Third Law of Thermodynamics?  You do but you may not know that you know.  It means that the harder you swing the bat the further the baseball goes, assuming you make solid contact.

You do not need to know all the jargon and nuances of physics to know enough to live in safety and productivity. 

Theology is the same way.  There is jargon and nuance that escapes most of us.  Scholars debate with big Greek and Latin phrases.  They can’t seem to come to any agreement.  I still can say without any hesitation that adultery is wrong.  False witness is wrong.  Forgiveness and patience are right.  Jesus conquered death.  We can know enough to live in safety and productivity, for eternity.

So don’t hide behind the excuse that the theologians can’t agree.  Don’t ignore simple truth because you don’t want to get into a long discussion of things that might interest but won’t change the way you behave today.

Physics and theology are both based on truth even if you don’t understand it all.

homo unius libri

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Opus 2017-137: The Gifts of Parenthood

One of the great assets of my life is a son who is a geek.  I am unaware of how many headaches he has prevented but I am aware it is happening.  Why?  Because I listen to the horror stories of other people.  There are a lot of things in my skill set.  I can install software and do some low level trouble shooting.  I know what not to do in many cases.  There is much more I might figure out but the learning curve does not justify the investment of time.

That is what geeks are for. 

And it is often what children are for.  They drag me kicking and screaming into the world of technology.  Some of their cool stuff I reject.  Some I work into my world.  Not only did they teach me new levels of love but they taught me to check my e-mail on my phone.

homo unius libri

Friday, May 5, 2017

Opus 2017-136: On the Street: Empty Heads and Warm Hearts

I had an interesting conversation with a fellow educator recently.  We were talking about many things and I began hearing snowflakes falling.  At one point as I was making a point I noticed the same look in the eyes that I get in class.  I stopped and asked, “Do you know who George Soros is?”  The response was a blank stare.

Do you wonder why our students come out so ignorant and open to the nonsense of global warming, tax the rich, down with coal and transgender rights?  Ask yourself, “Can someone who does not know how to tie their shoes teach a child to tie their shoes?”

If you don’t know the answer to that question or you answer, “Yes”, congratulations.  You have passed the first test in being screened to teach in our public schools.

Teachers are caring, concerned, motivated and too often ignorant.  I guess that is what makes them such loyal Democrats.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-135: Generic Brands Come to Education

I feel like cussing and swearing, big time.  As I walked around checking work I kept catching kids working on a packet of papers that included English and math.  I finally got one in my hands to examine and asked them about it.  They are flunking my class as well as others.  Someone with power has told them that if they do this packet they will be able to participate in all the promotion activities.  ???????

Why am I trying to teach them when everything I do is undermined by the self-esteem police? Why do I keep pushing when the one’s in charge are into conflict avoidance?  Why do I keep caring? 

They are doing this packet.  They are working very hard.  It tells me that if there was a real reason for them to work, they would.  Since they are continually handed alternatives and easy outs, why should they?  I am not sure if that makes them smart or not but they certainly know how to get the most bang for their buck.  Why would you pay for the big name medication when you can get the generic for free?

As I approach retirement I get happier and happier.  The challenge to me is to keep giving it my best up to the last day.  I don’t measure myself by what everyone else is doing but by the expectations of God.

homo unius libri

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Opus 2017-134: Headlines: Who Needs the Times When We Have Will

Every morning I check the weather on my phone and scroll down the headlines they have picked for me.  Usually all I do is scroll because I realize that many of the “headlines” are really paid ads from different websites.  I also ignore Trump Derangement Syndrome pieces that appear regularly in the NY Times, Washington Post, Politico and so forth.  I got sucked in this morning by National Review and George Will.

Do we really need George Will jumping on the anti-Trump bandwagon?  I realize he didn’t want him elected.  I was not excited about the prospect either but I am not putting on a snowflake costume and marching in the streets chanting “not my president”.  That is essentially what George will did in his piece.

This is one reason I moved George Will from the conservative column to the moderate column years ago.  He still has the label but doesn’t have the conviction.  To be honest I didn’t read much past the first paragraph or two.  It doesn’t take long to get the drift.  He quotes Trump in the first paragraph as saying,

“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.”

Then he mocks the grammar and diction.

The statement is essentially correct.  I have been teaching history for years.  30 years ago I took a test on historical knowledge and scored in the 90th percentile.  That means I knew more than 90% of the people taking the test, people who wanted to be history teachers.  In spite of that I had never heard of Frederick Douglass.  I have since read his autobiography and find him an impressive American.  I recommend his Narrative of the Life of a Slave.

I still had not heard of him and yet you find him in every book today.  So yes, he is being recognized more and more.  Maybe George Will is one of those who knew about Douglass.  Maybe his arrogance is better than his memory.  Either way we need to find genuine reasons to criticize the president, not take cheap pot shots that put us on board with the Democrat Talking Points Media.  I wonder if Will wrote a similar article about Obama claiming to have visited all 57 states.

He is my president.  He became my choice when Cruz bowed out.  He will not be perfect and will make mistakes.  At the same time I ask you who would have been nominated for the Supreme Court if Hillary had won. 

I hope that puts it in perspective.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Opus 2017-133: Pandora Was Once a Box

One of the things our principal does on a regular basis is copy and paste a pre-cooked idea for us to use.  At least I think that is what it is about.  It is part of the Common Core Project Based Learning.  The title of the most recent caught my attention because it made me think about the difference between modern education and education in the classic sense.

The headline had to do with Pandora Radio.  This is one of those applications on-line that allows you to find music.  The kids already know about it and probably used it when it was the latest cool thing.  It is now almost 20 years old so qualifies as geriatric.  There is no learning going on, only trying to find something in the common culture that will grab the students interest, sound like fun and trick them into learning.  Modern education follows that track.

Classical education says that there is wisdom to be learned from the ancients.  You might even learn from your parents.  It looks to the lessons already mined and tries to get students to wrestle with the vast sea of knowledge available that has been tried, tested and applied for centuries.  After you get the foundation and background you are able to go out and change your world.

Common Core wants you to fit into the culture and have fun.  Classic education wants you to challenge the culture and have a purpose.  If your background in the Greek myths is not up to date you might need to be told that Pandora’s box was the source of all the evil in the world.  Good analogy, educators.

Give me the classics.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Opus 2017-132: Thermostat Philosophy

I always need to clarify what “turn up” means.  My wife is frequently requesting that I “turn up” the air conditioning.  Of course she also asks me to “turn up” the heat.  The first question is does she want me to turn up the temperature or the power?  It makes a difference.

The second question is, why is she asking me to do it?  Get the picture.  When she calls out for me to change the temperature, I am not standing by the thermostat meditating on world peace.  I am usually across the room deep in philosophical enquiry or playing a computer game. 

So who is lazy?  Is it the one who does not like to get out of his chair and walk across the room to do something about a problem that doesn’t exist in my world?  Is it the person who is too important to walk down the stairs and take care of a personal concern?  It is both?  It is neither?

Is it showing love to get up and make your spouse comfortable?  Then is it showing love to expect someone else to do for you what you could do for yourself?

Philosophical concerns are a burden on my soul.

homo unius libri

Monday, May 1, 2017

Opus 2017-131: Healthy Insights: Metabolism, part 5 of 5, The Divine Liver

I am a creationist, not an evolutionist.  I believe that God created my liver.  I don’t believe that it evolved from an amoeba.  What is the difference?  God knew that someday we would be faced with all kinds of pollution in our food.  He designed our liver to deal with it.  An evolutionist believes that the liver evolved based on conditions it encountered.  Thus the liver needs to be protected by our infinite wisdom and the wisdom of diet gurus. 

Does that mean I reject science?  Absolutely not.  Good research using the scientific method is possible because there is a God of the Universe who is not fickle and capricious.  He said that water boils at 212̊ F.  That is good enough for kindergarten scientists.  Anyone who has really considered the laws of nature realizes that you need to add, “at sea level with pure water”.  There may be other qualifications.  In the universe of the evolutionist those “laws” could change at any time.  Remember, in evolution it is all up to chance.

As an example of dietary guru science let he give you a quote from another book.
“Only in the past twenty years or so has it been found that saccharine is unlikely to have any negative effects in humans even at the highest concentrations – but we still can’t shake the feeling that it just isn’t good for you.  Probably safe, but again, we’ll take a pass.” , p. 145
Notice the scientific method used here.  They “can’t shake the feeling that it just isn’t good for you”. 

I am willing to accept God’s “because I said so” to the diet guru’s “can’t shake the feeling” any day.  I have the same response to the global warming Chicken Little’s. 

Masley, Steven and Bowden, Jonny.  Smart Fat.  New York:  Harper One, 2016.

homo unius libri

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Opus 2017-130: Healthy Insights: Metabolism, part 4 of 5

I have a simple question for those who are diet gurus with the answers to long healthy lives:
If what we eat is so unhealthy, why are we living longer?
Here is a paragraph from the beginning of the book,
“We are asking more of our bodies than at any other time in the history of civilization.  We ask them to live on food that is of a much lower quality than ever, thanks to all the chemical additives, preservatives, and processing.  We pump ourselves full of sugar and artificial sweeteners, hormone-riddled dairy products, and foods like wheat and corn and soy that are so genetically modified, it is a wonder we can even digest them.  We live in a world that with deleted soil, polluted air, and water teeming with environmental chemicals.  We eat and drink from plastic containers that leach even more chemicals into our foods and drinks.  And, we live with great amounts of often crushing, overwhelming stress.”, p. 13
You have all seen the lists of things that are bad for you.  I am willing to accept that to be true.  I am also aware that the last time I did a number 1 or a number 2 I witnessed my body getting rid of a lot of things it could not use.  Number 1 gets rid of toxins.  Number 2 gets rid of leftovers.  Factor in the reality of sin and its effect on the natural processes.  Some people have issues with salt.  Some don’t.  We have a growing number of people who react to peanuts.  We have a lot of people worried about gluten and a few that actually have a problem with it. 

The simple truth is that for most of us what we have is working just fine.  We eat too much and move too little, granted.  That is not the fault of the food, it is the fault of the foodees.  The concept is slothful, sluggard, or, dare I use the word, laziness.
(Proverbs 21:25 KJV)  The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
If you feel better about life eating only organic, free range egg whites, go for it.  I have the same regard for people who eat sushi and menudo.  Liberty is wonderful so let me enjoy my corn on the cob, BLT and hamburgers.

Pomroy, Haylie.  The Fast Metabolism Diet.  New York:  Harmony, 2013.

To be concluded...

homo unius libri

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Opus 2017-129: Headlines: The Payoff

I am sure you have heard about Barak Obama getting almost half a million dollars for one speech.  Now I see a headline that he has another on his schedule.  How do we respond?

First, as a capitalist who believes in free enterprise, I say, “Go for it!”.  I congratulate him.  We all need to seek the greatest return possible for our skills and contributions.

Which brings up a second response.  Just what are his skills and contributions?  He is an ex-president.  He has never done much of anything except write books about himself and read a Teleprompter.  What make a speech by Barak Obama worth $400,000?  What does he have to sell?  What did he already sell?  If the money is for a great speech I would suggest that the judgement of our business leaders is questionable and the stock holders need to have a quick meeting.

I know I would not pay 25 cents for his books at a yard sale.  What does he have on these bankers that they offer up this kind of a payoff?

CIA are you listening?  NSA are you awake?  Follow the money.

homo unius libri

Friday, April 28, 2017

Opus 2017-128: On the Street: Security

I am not paranoid.  I know they are out to get me.  I just don’t know who “they” are or when they will show up.  With that in mind there are certain precautions I take.

I don’t give out my e-mail or SSN unless I have to.

I never open attachments from untrusted sources.  My definition of “trusted” is narrow.  Not all my friends are considered trusted when it comes to attachments.  I usually don’t open unsolicited e-mails.  If I have a password I never put it on automatic recall.  What is the point of a password if it does not engage?

I lock my doors as soon as I get in the car and I lock my car as soon as I get out.

I lock the door to my home and check the doors each night before I go to sleep.

I look in dark corners when I leave home for work.

Stairs are starting to be a warning to “wake up”.  I don’t have trouble getting up and down.  What happens is that my automatics don’t work as well as they used to.  I just need to focus a little bit and I will be okay.  I have gone down hard several times and so far have not major injuries.  It has always been because I am in a hurry and not thinking.  Sooner or later God is going to get tired of catching me.

What am I missing?  The list is too long, you say?

homo unius libri

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Opus 2017-127: Healthy Insights: Metabolism, part 3 of 5, Organic Starvation

I have read or skimmed my share of diet books.  They all claim to be the answer you have been waiting for.  They all claim it will work for everyone.  Most claim it will be easy and painless.  They lie.

One of the questions on my grid of diet analysis is, “Could a person of limited means who works long hours and has a big family have a hope in doing this?”  There are certain concepts that keep coming up in the current crop of books:  Organic, free range, dairy bad, wheat bad, sugar bad.  This one also assumes we are going to have an exercise program that involves vigorous cardio some days and yoga others.  What you have described is a life style that can only be achieved by the rich and the famous.  It is a statement of the elites.  It requires money and leisure.

I have no problem with you if you want to eat organic.  Go for it.  Make someone rich if you can afford it.  My income says I can’t afford to pay the price for the exclusive brands and special labels.  There is a reason why much of the world lives on grains and beans.  They are cheap, easy to store and keep you alive. 

Organic is wonderful if you are the lord of the manor and have enough peasants to do the hard labor to produce it and half starve eating the leftovers and half rotten produce.  The world would quickly starve to death if everyone tried to live organically.  I would guess that the Little Fat Guy in North Korea eats very well as his people starve.  That is the model that the elites are after.  The lower classes are just there to serve the elites anyway.  What they don’t see is that eventually they will run out of peasants to starve or the peasants will pull a French Revolution on them.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Opus 2017-126: The Next Goal of the Class Warriors

I am feeling like a prophet.  I believe that one of the changes we are going to see in the near future is the federal government taking away the tax deduction for home mortgages.  The leaches in Washington are looking for any changes they can make that will give them more money to pass to their cronies. 

I was listening to a podcast called Uncommon Knowledge.  Peter Robinson was interviewing an economist who was supposed to be conservative.  In the course of the interview the economist talked about how the home mortgage deduction only benefitted the rich with their big homes.  It would only be fair to the general population to take it away.  This is classic class warfare.  This is another example of someone disguised as a conservative pushing to move more power to the hands of the elites by making it harder for the common man to get ahead and gather wealth.  He may even believe he is conservative but this is “blame the rich” stuff.

Why do I say this?  The home mortgage deduction is the same for everyone.  It is not graduated like the income tax or capped like social security deductions.  Untold millions of Americans with moderate means find that it is the difference between owning a home or living in an apartment.  It helped us when we were living on one salary.  It is helping my children as they buy their first homes.  I must admit that at this time I do not have any mortgages so taking away the deduction would not hurt me in the least. 

What about the rich?  If you take away this tax break they will simply find another way around it.  They will put everything in a trust.  They will play all kinds of legal games.  They will lease instead of buy, just like they do their cars.  I don’t even know how but I know what. 

Could I go for getting rid of the deduction?  Not in that form but I would be willing to look at a flat tax or some other approach.  Whatever we do we need to stop listening to the people who blame the rich for the problems of the poor.  I continue to notice that every student at my school has a phone that is more expensive to buy and operate than the one I own.  I see the secretaries and janitors drive newer cars than I do.  We have a security guard who says he has 100 pair of shoes and I doubt if any of them came from the thrift store.

Give the poor the opportunity to become wealthy by removing the roadblocks not making them more dependent on government.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Opus 2017-125: Healthy Insights: Metabolism, part 2 of 5, Calories Lie

The central point of “The Fast Metabolism Diet” is that we can speed up our metabolism by eating the correct way.  That is an hypothesis I am willing to investigate.  So again I pick up the book and start looking for principles that might make sense.

The author spends a lot of time “debunking” other plans and theories.  I always read these passages with my long range radar on.  When they say startling things I sit back and think and then see how it is applied.  One statement that got my attention was,
“Calories are a lie.” page 22 
That came as a surprise to me because calories are simply a matter of physics.  She admits that but goes on to say that you don’t need to count calories because they are not important.  Just follow her plan and you will be satisfied, have food left over, and lose weight painlessly.

I glanced at her diet plan and almost laughed.  Dinner for one day is something called “Chicken and Barley Soup”.  Sounds good to me but that was the total meal.  I looked up the recipe and did a little math.  I did not go OCD just for this.  I already have a simple spreadsheet for counting my calories every day.  I simply plugged in the ingredients.  My calculation is that one portion of the recipe is 467 calories.  According to the recipe, a portion is three cups.  On the daily page you are told to eat 2 cups.  It comes to about 308 calories for dinner.  If you are a 105 pound woman that might make it for you but I would never call it easy or painless.  Anyone would lose weight eating in these quantities.

So far I am not a convert to the new program.

Pomroy, Haylie.  The Fast Metabolism Diet.  New York:  Harmony, 2013.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Monday, April 24, 2017

Opus 2017-124: Healthy Insights: Metabolism, part 1 of 5, Guru or Not?

I was talking with one of “my” doctors and he was giving me advice on weight loss and diabetes.  The only problem is, he is a podiatrist, not an internist.  I have a lot of respect for him and understand that he still knows more than I do.  So I listen.  He recommended a couple of books to me.  The first he identified as “Fast Metabolism”.  At the library there were several with that phrase in the title by the same author.  I began to get the impression this was an ongoing series and I was supposed to buy them all.  Only one was on the shelf, so I check it out.
Pomroy, Haylie.  The Fast Metabolism Diet.  New York:  Harmony, 2013.
The doctor said that the key to weight loss and health was speeding up our metabolism.  That makes sense to me because that thought had already occurred to me.  I examined the book with an open mind.  Keep in mind that in my world view an open mind is always skeptical and engages its gestalt.  Thinking is not taking one piece of See’s candy and assuming that anything brown and bumpy is dark chocolate peanut clusters.  Thinking is wondering how adding cummin to a recipe will change the interaction of the flavors. 

So I read and keep my mind engaged.

I have read enough diet books to recognize a diet guru when I meet one.  This book quickly made it clear that I was walking with a diet guru.  The first clues were the cover.  It promised me I could “lose up to 20 pounds in 28 days”.  I would be impressed but I am not looking for a quick fix of water loss and an empty digestive tract.  I do not believe you can safely lose 20 pounds in 28 days, not and keep it off. 

The second clue on the cover was the statement that I could “eat more food & lose more weight”.  It reminds me of people who walk carefully down the sidewalk avoiding the cracks because they don’t want to break their mother’s back.  I also stopped believing in the tooth fairy at a very young age.

Strike three was in the back where I was invited to visit the authors web page where I could go shopping with her.  $$$.

At this point I have put the book down several times but I keep thinking there will be something of value.  I am not going to buy into her diet plan but she might have some insights of value.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Opus 2017-123: Headlines: Freedom Donates a Pint of Blood

As I checked out Drudge, looking for news about the most dangerous event in current history all I could find at the top of the page were links to the Republican budget and the Korean Krazy Man.  Those events are blips that generate a lot of worry but they are not the biggest danger to our liberty.  I had to scroll down to the bottom to find mention of Ann Coulter being censored by Berkeley. 

In case you missed it, Ann Coulter was scheduled to speak at Berkeley.  In order to speak she was required to agree to certain limitations.  She was required to speak at a place and time that would be inconvenient to students and not publicize the event until the last minute.  Then, after all was in order, tickets were purchased, hotels were booked and plans were made, the University cancelled for security concerns.

My understanding is that “censorship” is prior restraint of expression by a government agency.  For those who have not been paying attention, lets review Government 101 and the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Notice that the University is violating at least two of the rights guaranteed in this amendment.  As far as I know the University Progressives who had made this edict are not being disciplined or confronted by the Civil Rights Commission.

A short time before the ex-president of Mexico, Vincente Fox, came to Berkeley and spoke with no problems.  It would be interesting to see if he was required to sign the same agreements that Coulter was faced with.

This is chilling because it is a blatant example of how Big Government uses its monopoly on coercive power to limit free expression.  Tie it together with the filters being put on the internet by Google and Facebook and we start having issues with liberty.

I would call this “abridging the freedom of speech”.  I would call it an ax being put to the roots of the Tree of Liberty.

I am worried about the future of my country.

homo unius libri

Friday, April 21, 2017

Opus 2017-122: Cornerstone Considerations: Article 1, No Scandal Here, This Time

We should welcome the run-off in Georgia that features the $8+ million Democrat candidate who lost to Republicans who could not decide from a field of many.  Why?

First, it might cost Soros another $8 million, not that he will notice.  That brings us to the second benefit.

Second, maybe people will stop referring to the Republicans as the party of the rich and special interests.  It seems to me that the rich of America are financing the left.  This is a good example of it.

Third, it might encourage people to read their Constitution.  It has come out that Jon Ossoff, the Democrat does not live in the district he is running for.  That is okay.  What the Constitution says in Article 1, Section 2 is,
“ be an inhabitant of that state in which he shall be chosen.”
Of course it says the same thing about the Senate and I can guarantee we will not hear anything about Hillary Clinton being elected from New York.

So let the games continue.

homo unius libri

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Opus 2017-121: Headlines: Is It Because I’m White?

I didn’t bother reading the articles but the headlines told me that several of the Patriot’s football team members refused to go to the traditional meeting with President Trump.  I am not interested in their childish reasons.  I know the real reason.  It’s because he is white.

Sounds stupid right?  What would have happened if members of the winning team had refused to go to a meeting with President Obama?  The mantra would be, “Racist.  It’s because he is black.” 
So look and see if the refusenicks were black or just Democrats.  Evidently their pride in America only applies to people who fit in narrow categories.  If Trump were really Hitler you can imagine what would have happened to these snowflakes.

It seems strange to think of professional football players as snowflakes.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Opus 2017-120: Browsing

When I was a kid my parents ran into an encyclopedia salesman.  It may have been an extravagance but it became the source of endless browsing for me.  On rainy days I would sit down by the book shelf, pull of a volume and just start turning pages.  It was part of my education.

How is that different from smart phones and the Google search engine?  Can’t they access information and learn from the electronic media?  In a perfect world, yes.  In the world of data bases and selling ranking in the search process, no.  In a world of political correctness and Progressive, left wing censorship, no.  The information that young people see is carefully crafted by people with political agendas.  It is like only reading the L.A. Times or the National Enquirer.

Did encyclopedias have editors?  Of course they did.  Choices had to be made.  Many people won’t notice.  It even applies to dictionaries.  Years ago when I was still trying to educate young people I was trying to get dictionaries for my classroom.  For a brief time I was foolish enough to think I could actually go out and chose a set.  I ran into a problem.  I was covering the Constitution and wanted the students to define “ex post facto” and “bill of attainder”.  The dictionaries that the school district would provide me did not have those words in them.  If I were on the internet I would not even know they existed.

The current trend in Facebook and other social media to filter, not only searches but comments, shows us how weak modern sources are.  To delete information from the Encyclopedia Britannica would require an army of scissor wielding fanatics.  To do it from Google only requires on well meaning liberal pushing a button.

Don’t throw out the books.  Someday you may want to know what liberty means.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Opus 2017-119: Ode to Old: Dirty Hairy

Why do old men look like they need a shave? 

The most obvious reason is, because they do.  Old men are not known for the power of memory.  We forget.  We are also not stand-outs in vision.  Unless we have an old woman around it is easy to slide past that moment.

Old men have white hair.  White hair tends to be lighter and it is harder for the razor to cut.  It takes a lot longer to get them all and since I can’t see as well as I used to, I miss some.

Old men get ornery.  If they don’t like us the way we are then a pox upon them.  In short, we often just don’t care.  Sometimes that goes for taking showers too but that is another topic.

Of course it is possible that we are just trying to be trendy and adopt the metrosexual look of today’s young male model.  It looks to me like most young men have forgotten to shave for about three days.  The problem is they have to work to keep that look.

Don’t feel like you need to point out the problem.  I either won’t hear you, won’t care or will forget.

homo unius libri

Monday, April 17, 2017

Opus 2017-118: What About Socialization?

We home schooled our children.  That means that they never attended school until they enrolled in college.  I don’t want to brag, but I think they are doing all right.

When I mention to people that we home schooled one of the big concerns I hear is socialization.  What mystifies me is that people talk as if the socialization that takes place in school is a good thing.  Why in all of creation would I want children that I love very much to be socialized by the barbarians that fill our schools?  Why would I want them taught by the pagans that think tolerance means rejecting moral values? 

My class of failures are experts at socialization.  That is why they are failures.  They are so much in love with sharing about how they dribbled a basketball or who they saw at the mall they don’t care about their rights to freedom of speech, press, assembly, religion or redress of grievances.  In fact I always need to point out the “redress” does not mean changing at the end of PE.  Nor do they have any idea what grievance means.

No one has ever questioned that home school students know how to read, write and do basic math better than public school inmates.  Everyone agrees that they do well in college.  What they are concerned with is socialization.

But then that fits in perfectly with the goals of public education.

homo unius libri

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Opus 2017-117: A Moving Easter; A Stable Resurrection

One of the questions I got in school this week was whether Jesus was born in December.  I am guessing that a Jehovah’s Witness had been at work trying to undermine the beliefs of children who had any Christian background.  They start with Christmas which is an arbitrary date picked by the church and segue into Easter which is rooted in historical facts.

Point of fact:  We do not have any historical reason to pick December 25 to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  The Bible does not say.  All it says is that He was born.  In an effort to educate the masses and make sure that everything was covered, the church picked a day to celebrate the mass of Christ, i.e. Christmas.  They also picked a day to remember the trinity, Pentecost, the coming of the wise men and other points of Christian doctrine and history.  It was all part of the curriculum.

Easter, on the other hand, is rooted in historical context.  It is tied to the Jewish Passover.  The Last Supper was the Passover Seder.  Jesus went from there to the crucifixion.  The confusion comes because the Passover date is determined on the lunar calendar.  Lunar months do not line up consistently with the solar year thus the beginning date of each month moves around.  Since Passover moves, Easter moves.

Dishonest or ignorant people try to take the arbitrary nature of Christmas and transfer it to Easter and thus try to make the resurrection arbitrary.

Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.  It is the central point of Christian belief.  We are not making a day sacred but emphasizing an event that changed history.

He is risen!  He is risen indeed!

homo unius libri

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Opus 2017-116: The Emptied Holiday

Holy week is drawing to a close.  It has gone by without me paying much attention.  That bothers me because this is the most important week in the Christian calendar.  What is the problem with me?

Part of it is I am not currently involved in a local church.  We are in transition and it is hard to get committed for a short period of time.  Also I am getting critical in my old age.  I can find churches that have good preaching but insipid music.  I can find churches that have a little better music but either boring or heretical preaching.  When we move I hope to get serious about being involved.  It will help me in my spiritual focus.

Another part of the neglect is the influence of my work culture.  I remember when “spring break” was Easter vacation.  When I have this discussion with people I keep asking, “Then why do we have a week off in the middle of the year?”  I have yet to get any answer of any substance.  We don’t have school in summer because farmers needed their children to work the fields.  We have no such reason for spring break or winter break.  Schools started giving holy week off because the educators were believers and the community demanded it.  Now we have the tradition but not the reason.  Now it’s meaning is ignored in the name of multiculturalism, tolerance and diversity.  Another name for that is anti-Christian bigotry. 

To my shame I have been influenced by my culture.

Maybe next year will be better.

homo unius libri

Friday, April 14, 2017

Opus 2017-115: Headlines: Or Lack of

If I understood correctly, Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court sometime in the recent past.  I didn’t see near the headlines I would have expected.  Maybe I missed checking Drudge one day.  Another thing I have not seen is the end of American culture.  I see the process continuing but I missed the cliff.  From the rabid tirades of the Progressives I would have thought that one appointment was going to reverse the fact that Obama stopped the oceans from rising and brought in a sense of unity across the country.

Maybe I have not waited long enough.  Maybe it is a case of a watched pot never boiling.  Maybe is was just snowflake hysteria.

homo unius libri

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Opus 2017-114: Mistakes

My daughter got married last year.  It was a glorious time.  She found the right man.  It was a time of establishing a new covenant.  As I was praying for her and her husband I found myself praying that she would be able to avoid the mistakes she saw her parents make. 

It occurred to me that our mistakes have the value of being warning signs for those who know us.  It is wonderful to think that we can learn from our mistakes.  It is an indication of how God put the world together that others can learn from them.

I have heard it and observed it:  The things that bother me about other people are often the patterns I am demonstrating in my life.  So I continue to watch and listen.  I live in hopes that your mistakes will teach me things I could never see in myself.

And thank you for being irritating. 

homo unius libri

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Opus 2017-113: Glory

I have never been enthused about looking for hidden meaning in literature.  I really don’t like poetry.  I don’t believe that the authors intended all of the mysteries that scholars claim.

Having said that I have been thinking about a movie I show at school when we are covering the Civil War.  It is called “Glory”.  If you have never seen it, I recommend it.  It tells the story of a Massachusetts’s regiment, the 54th.  It was one of the first black regiment in the war.  It was very well done:  Historically accurate, good acting and a great script.  The only thing missing is romance.

Why would I suddenly dwell on the movie?  It reminds me of the battle I have been fighting in education for years.  In one scene Colonel Shaw says to his friend, a major who has been casual in his responsibilities, “I am here to get these men ready to fight.  I am willing to give my life to get them ready.  I owe it to them and I think you do to.”  It reflected the different attitudes toward the black men being trained, attitudes that I find permeate education today.

There were at least three general groups of people on the issue of black men being trained and armed.  All were represented in the movie.  All are represented in education.  One group was blatantly racist by any definition.  One officer calls the men “little monkeys”.  To them the training was a joke.  Another group represent the masses of people.  They don’t even think about the issue and just follow the path of the mob.  Then you have a small group who see the issues, believe in the men and are willing to pour their lives into making them ready.

Too many people in education really don’t believe that today’s children can excel.  Yes, they use the term and talk about rigor.  They just don’t believe it in their hearts.  Most just jump on board the latest fad.  The fad can be whole language, cooperative learning, new math or whatever stirs the hearts of the ivory tower.  I hope I am in that small group that really believes in Martin Luther King Junior’s call to judge people by their character, not their color.  If there is anything that can bring tears to my eyes it is not a student saying, “I don’t like you.”  It is the waste of potential I see by slogans instead of standards.  It is the lie of rigor.  It is a concern with feeling good instead of having a reason to feel good.  It is modern education.

I only have a few months left to fight the battle.  I have done what I can but feel I have been totally inadequate.  Think of the German soldier of World War II.  He may have been the best trained infantry soldier in the world.  He may have had the best equipment in the war.  He may have fought with courage and valor.  It was not enough to overcome the foolishness and evil of the Nazi regime that was giving him orders.

I am ready to return the battle to you, the general public who votes and speaks out.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Opus 2017-112: The Bread and the Cup

Warning.  Theology ahead.

In taking communion I reflected on the two elements and what they represent.  The bread is depicted as Jesus’ body; the cup, His blood.  Both represent a sacrifice we can never understand.  We can meditate and gain meaning.  We can focus and gain a glimmer of truth.  We can study and find all kinds of applications.  In the end it involves realities that we cannot grasp.  If that were not true He would not be God and it would not be powerful enough for our salvation.

His body represents the incarnation.  What an awesome thing for God to step into humanity.
(Philippians 2:6-8 KJV)  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
We can define each of the words.  We can work out the grammar.  We can get the point.  We can never begin to experience what it was for the Word to become flesh.  He humbled Himself to the point of death.  He who was eternal put Himself in a position to know our limitations and our fears.  The contrast is too wonderful for us to absorb.

But we try. 

The cup represents the crucifixion and the atonement, the shedding of blood.  Because one of God’s attributes is justice, it was not possible for Him to just say, “Olly, olly oxen, free, free, free.”  We are sinful.  Sin demands payment.  We can never hope to pay the principle, let alone the interest.  Only the Perfect Lamb of God could do that.  So, He who knew no sin became sin our out behalf by dying on the cross and shedding His blood.  That is why it is called the passion.  The agony of bearing our sin is beyond comprehension.

But we can try.

And we can rejoice in the knowledge that,
(John 3:16 KJV)  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
homo unius libri

Monday, April 10, 2017

Opus 2017-111: Maybe It Wasn’t Reagan

I wonder if the defeat of the Soviet Union was a result of a secret deal between American leftists and the Communist leaders.  They could have been convinced that if a visible enemy and example of socialism were removed from the playing field then a generation of snowflakes could be raised to embrace a candidate such as Bernie Sanders.

Think about it.

homo unius libri

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Opus 2017-110: Headlines: Punch a Bully in the Nose Day

The questions have been hard to answer.  The kids at school are asking about the missiles fired at Syria.  How do you give an answer on a complex issue to a generation that is conditioned to sound bites? 

I have mixed feelings.  There is much I don’t know.  I am not worried about going to war with Russia.  For a good summary you can read Scott Adams has to say on his Dilbert blog.  The only thing I could add is that mature military leaders do not like war but understand it is sometimes necessary.  They understand that peace comes from the willingness to make war and the bad guys understanding that.  I admit there are loose cannons in the military but I think Donald Trump has surrounded himself with people who have their heads on straight. 

One of the questions I ask the kids to get them thinking is, “What is the best way to deal with a bully?”  The usually answer reflecting the results of brainwashing, “Tell a teacher.”  Those who think know that such an action usually gets them bullied more.  The proper answer is, “Punch him in the nose.”  Assad is a bully.  Putin is a bully.  ISIS is a bunch of bullies.  Terrorism is the art of bullying.  Unfortunately the only answer is often, “Punch them in the nose.”  Obama either did not understand that or wanted the bullying to continue.  Thankfully there is a new sheriff in town.

Consider Assad punched.

homo unius libri

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Opus 2017-109: Don’t Hold Your Breath

A new member of the Supreme Court has been confirmed.  I am assuming he will be sworn in.  Everything I hear sounds good.  I am optimistic about the future of the court.  I could have written that about John Roberts but I don’t think I was blogging at that point.  I would have not known how disappointed I would be in the results involving health care and we have another twenty years to go.

A new member of the Supreme Court has been confirmed.  I am assuming he will be sworn in.  Everything I hear sounds good.  I am optimistic about the future of the court.  I am writing that about Neil Gorsuch.  Will time find me disappointed?  We will be forced to wait and see.  What I do know is that the future has a much better prognosis than it would have if Hillary had been elected, Trump had not been true to his word or the Republicans in the Senate had not finally shown that they have a pair.

In this case it was three strikes and your in.  Three times I have held my breath.  Three times I have been glad to go on breathing.  It remains to be seen if we have a home run or the runner bunted and was hit by the ball on the way to first base.

But for now, breathe in, breathe out, breathe in,...

Don’t stop working, voting or talking.  If we just hold our breath we could turn blue.  If we keep active we can turn the country red.  It must be spring, hope is eternal.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-108: Headlines: Surprise! California Heads Toward Sanctuary

I kept hearing rumors that California had become a Sanctuary State yet I was not seeing it in any of the headlines.  I finally did a Google search and got the status.

The California State Senate has passed a law that would make the People’s Republik of Kalifornia a state that ignores federal law on immigration and thus makes us a Sanctuary State.  We would join Maryland in rebellion.  It passed on party lines.  It is now going to the Assembly where the Democrats have a super majority and from there will go to our own governor Moonbeam, the Honorable Jerry Brown.  Guess what party he belongs to.  Since the Democrats are the party of “we hate America” I expect it to pass. 

I then hope that President Trump and his cabinet proceed to fulfill their promises and cut off all federal funds to the state.  Won’t that be fun to watch!  Think of an already crumbling highway system with no federal money.  Think of schools kept afloat with federal grants sinking like a sieve.  Think of welfare programs without the billions to pay their social workers.  Think of all the politicians and government officials without the bottomless largess of the federal government to siphon funds from.  It will not be a pretty sight.  Actually it will be a beautiful sight.

I hope it happens.  I plan to be gone from the state before it kicks in so I will be able to enjoy it from afar.  The only problem is that things may get so bad that the rest of the rats might try to desert the sinking ship.  We may need to draw new lines for the border fence.

homo unius libri

Friday, April 7, 2017

Opus 2017-107: On the Street: I Am Not the NSA

What have I learned this morning while trying to study and write?

She doesn’t like cherries.  She has a mortgage and no children, but she does have a dog.  The dog has a hot pink halter.  She doesn’t like that her parents help themselves to food in her refrigerator when they visit.  They don’t even ask.  She thinks it is quaint that her mother sends thank-you notes.

Her friend has a black thumb.  That sounds racist to me but I think she felt a black thumb is the opposite of a green thumb.

The thing that bothers me the most is she is an employee.  She seems to be managerial level because she has her laptop out and was seemingly doing some work in between conversations with people across the room.  She doesn’t seem to realize that the entire world doesn’t want to know about her private conversations.  We are not all the NSA.  I wonder if she is a snowflake?

Privacy also means I don’t need to listen to you.

homo unius libri

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Opus 2017-106: Ideas on Health Care

We need to continue the conversation on health care.  I would prefer that the federal government get out of it totally but, since that isn’t going to happen, I am sure I can come up with other ideas.

How would health care be different if regular office visits were removed from the insurance coverage.  Sometimes this is called catastrophic coverage. 

Some would say that it would cost more because regular check ups are a way of avoiding bigger problems.  People would not go if they had to pay.  It might cut into their plans to go to Disneyland.  Of course that is why I shop at Walmart not Nieman Marcus.

We would also need to demand a serious co-pay for the Emergency room.  Too many people use it as their GP.  We could refund any charges if the problem turns out to be a genuine emergency.  Of course the issue then is defining genuine emergency.  It might be set at the level of being admitted to the hospital.  I remember one time I went because I thought I was going blind.  I never saw a doctor.  The triage nurse took one look at me and said, “Pink eye.”  What I thought was an emergency, and it was after hours, should have cost me the going rate for an office visit and a few bucks for a generic prescription.  It should not have socked my insurance $800.

If I can come up with ideas why can’t the elite classes that want to rule us?

homo unius libri

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Opus 2017-105: New Terms: Trauma, part 4 of 4, The Solution

We need to be understanding.  No one would argue with that.  The problem according to Sporleder is that we are stressed so we overreact.  The students are stressed because of the trauma in their lives so they have no self control.  The illustration is the child that was “brutally beaten” the night before and can expect the same tonight.  I know that the illustration reflects real life.  Brutality happens.  It does not happen to everyone.  And keep in mind that to many educators raising your voice to a student is brutality.  Making them feel bad is brutality.  I was once called on the carpet because the student felt bad when I was talking.  He could not give anything I said but it made him feel bad, it was just a feeling.   ?????  Welcome to modern education.

You will be glad to know that we now have the trauma solution.  Evidently the answer is to allow the student who has just dropped the F bomb five times and questioned whether your parents were married to leave class for a time-out room where he can get in touch with his feelings.  When he has dealt with the deep trauma that is effecting his life he will return ready learn.  This miracle will take place in ten minutes, or however long it takes to smoke a cigarette.  On returning he will be allowed to bring his pet unicorn and any Easter Bunnies he came across in the hall.  (I just made up that last part.  I get carried away.  Please forgive me.  No?  Stress.  Can I go to the time out room?)

In the quest for progress there are certain words that must be labeled as evil.  This time the big bad word was “traditional”.  “Rules” of course are anathema.  The student really wants to work hard, get an education and be successful.  It doesn’t matter that his hero is a basketball star with groupies following him everywhere.  It is irrelevant that he figures he can make all the money he needs by selling drugs.  If we can just deal with his trauma all will be sweetness and light.

It started to dawn on me that he had a program to sell the school district.  Since I will be gone next year I will not be forced to deal with it.  Unfortunately I will still be a part of society that will be inundated with these walking tragedies.  So will you.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Opus 2017-104: New Terms: Trauma, part 3 of 4, Charts and Graphs

Be careful when someone starts showing you statistics with charts and graphs.  Benjamin Disraeli put it well:  “There are three types of lies -- lies, damn lies, and statistics.”  That doesn’t mean that the statistics are wrong, just that they are presented in such a way as to prove the point of the speaker.

Sporleder evidently reached “national attention” levels because he had improved the performance of his school.  I had never heard of him but that doesn’t mean much.  He then showed how dramatically he had reduced the number of suspensions and expulsions in his school.  I do not question that he could document the numbers.  The charts were impressive.  The problem is that unlike the masses of educators in the auditorium, I was not born yesterday.  He lost me when he claimed it was done by simply being sensitive to students and letting them know he was listening.  The numbers looked dramatic but I have been at a school where we could have duplicated the same graphs.  We did it by redefining terms, changing forms and ignoring facts. 

We redefined terms by calling what used to be a suspension an expulsion.  When I started teaching “suspension” meant being sent home to the care of your parents for a few days.  It was supposed to get you thinking about the seriousness of your action and force your parents to acknowledge that all was not roses and Student of the Month.  “Expulsion” used to mean that you were never to darken the doorways of our district again.  Now it means what suspension used to mean and it is very rare for someone to be totally kicked out of the district.  Sent-home suspensions have been replaced by “ISS” which is an acronym for “In School Suspension”.  Since they are still on campus we not only don’t count them as being suspended we get the money for their bodies, too.  It is a win/win for everyone except the student.

We used another way a few years ago.  We “ran out” of referral forms.  Those are the legal forms that must be filed and tabulated.  They are the same across the district.  We were told to use a locally prepared detention form instead.  We were told they were the same as referrals and for us in class, that was true.  For the school and district it made us shine because detention forms were not required to be tabulated and reported.  We were looking good.  Another approach is requiring a student to be 30 minutes late to class before it becomes a truancy.  It did not take students long to realize that they could be 25 minutes late and no one would care.

Then we ignore facts.  I have one student that I usually see every period, except the period he is supposed to be in my class.  He is failing every class and a known trouble maker.  As a penalty he has been made a teacher’s aid for the counselor.  That means he has access to information he should never see and actually can wander around the campus with impunity.  I also have classes where half the class is tardy on a regular basis and I keep hearing how we don’t have a problem with tardy students.  If you are on a ship at dock and stand on the seaward side you can claim there is no land in sight.

Lies, damn lies and statistics.

To be concluded...

homo unius libri

Monday, April 3, 2017

Opus 2017-103: New Terms: Trauma, part 2 of 4, Evidence Based

Several times a year we have a gathering of all district employees to prepare us to serve our students better.  This session was about “serving the whole child”.  Education is trying to replace the family, church and any other traditional source of stability in the culture.  Jim Sporleder was our keynote speaker this time and led us another step down the yellow brick road.

He started off with race and class warfare.  He made statements that could only be interpreted to mean that minorities and poor people are helpless victims and too limited to deal with life on their own.  He then preceded to pontificate about “evidence based research” that supported everything he had to say.  The research has been done.  It is conclusive.  All we need to do now is fall into step and make “Trauma” our key operative.  Does Al Gore and his claim that the science of global warming is settled come to mind? 

“Evidence based research” is a new buzzword that I began hearing at faculty meetings a few years ago.  It sounds powerful because all research should be based on evidence, right?  As someone once said, or should have, “There’s evidence, and then there is Evidence.”  When you hear about “evidence based research” it is not based on the scientific method.  It is based on the Main Stream Media method.  You decide where you want to go.  Find some people to interview that will reinforce your position.  Interview them with carefully chosen questions.   Edit the results and present the profound insights it has given you.  It is bogus.  It is based on anecdotes by people who have an agenda or are in so much pain that they cannot think straight.  It is not based on double blind experiments testing a hypothesis.

What was interesting was that when he began to deal with this awesome research, it all seemed to have been done on affluent white children.  What happened to our mantra about people of color and economically depressed populations?  He then proceeded to show us charts and graphs that were supposed to convince us that he had the answer to all our problems in education and society.

Welcome to the world of modern educational research.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-102: New Terms: Trauma, part 1 of 4, The Guru Arrives

We had a district wide training session for teachers.  Our speaker was Jim Sporleder and he seems to be the latest guru of education, at least in our district.  His contribution to our jargon of education is “trauma”.  His thesis is that every child we deal with is a victim of trauma and the only way we can reach them and teach them is to be warm, accepting, listening and positive.  He stressed that it is not just obvious victims of trauma but every child.  The reason that this is a new term is because it is now defined as applying to everyone.  If you are not aware that you suffer from trauma it is probably buried deep in your subconscious and you are hiding it to shield yourself from the pain.  Suddenly every teacher is going to become a psychotherapist. 

Once again we have another “One size fits all” miracle.  What makes it almost providential is that you have your public schools, guided by ex-school-teacher consultants, to lead you to the promised land.

Sporleder is part of an organization called Resilience Trumps Aces.  They have a spiffy website that explains it all.  Amazing as it may seem they expect to be paid for this.  I know you thought they were doing it because they care about the kids but it seems they have expenses.  It is clear when you scroll to the bottom and see icons of all the credit cards they accept.

Old educators never die and, unlike old soldiers, they never fade away.  They become consultants who after years of working in a system that is a disaster become the ones with the answers to fix it.

Why do I feel there is nothing new here?

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Opus 2017-101: Getting on with the Health Care Conversation

We need to continue the conversation on health care.  I would prefer that the federal government get out of it totally but, since that isn’t going to happen, I am sure I can come up with other ideas.

How would health care be different if regular office visits were removed from the insurance coverage.  Sometimes this is called catastrophic coverage.  It is the kind of coverage that young people preferred and which they were willing to pay.  I would recommend it for everyone.

Some would say that it would cost more because regular check ups are a way of avoiding bigger problems.  People would not go if they had to pay.  That is possible but it leaves the decision up to them instead of forcing everyone into one size fits all plans.

We would also need to demand a serious co-pay for the Emergency room.  Too any people use it as their GP.  We could refund any charges if the problem turns out to be a genuine emergency.  Of course the issue then is defining genuine emergency.  It might be set at the level of being admitted to the hospital.  I remember one time I went because I thought I was going blind.  I never saw a doctor.  The triage nurse took one look at me and said, “Pink eye.”  What I thought was an emergency, and it was after hours so I had an excuse, should have cost me the going rate for an office visit and a few bucks for a generic prescription.  It should not have socked my insurance $800.

So there are a couple of ideas.  I know there are a lot more out there.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-100: Headlines: Red Herrings from the Right or Left?

Have you seen the headlines about Flynn wanting immunity in order to testify?  If you read beyond the headlines it is a bit more complex than that but it seems he is willing to tell what he knows as long as it doesn’t  become the typical feeding frenzy that the media loves.  Than I asked myself, “Is this Trump playing the media again?”  I am not the only one asking that question.

Does the Rachel Maddow exposé come to mind?  All the hoopla and publicity to tell us that Trump had paid his share of taxes.

The news certainly does get interesting.

homo unius libri

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Opus 2017-099: The Spirit of April 1

Is April Fools’ Day like Mothers’ Day or like a birthday?

Is it something to remind us of a daily reality or a one time celebration?

Mothers’ Day is a type of holiday that reminds us of what we should be celebrating all year long.  We should always be thoughtful of our mothers and fathers.  We should always be romantic to our significant other.  I guess we should always be glad to be Irish, Mexican or Black.  Those days are simply reminders.

Other days are to honor a specific idea or person.  Veterans’ Day, Washington’s Birthday, Guy Fawkes Day are all a simple reminders.  I don’t think about my birthday every day of the year.  Some women who are age averse might but most people don’t. 

Some days are both, depending on the people involved.  For the masses Easter is a time for new clothes, candy and egg hunts.  For Christians it is a day celebrating the resurrection of Jesus which is also to be celebrated every Sunday.  Halloween is either a celebration of evil or a chance to get candy. 

Where does April Fools’ Day fit in?  I am afraid I would put it with Mothers’ Day.  Fools are always with us.  They never get the attention they deserve.  Maybe it would be better to say they never get the recognition they deserve. 

(Proverbs 26:5 KJV)  Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
My wish for you is that this would be a day in which you do not need to celebrate.

homo unius libri