INCONSISTENCY: a self-contradictory proposition

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We live in a world of inconsistencies.   It would be nice if everything were consistent, according to plan. But it just isn’t that way.  There are snow storms in Alabama, snowy owls showing up in the Carolinas, babies born with abnormalities, and even albino triplet tigers born in a zoo.   Those things are not what […]

AMBIGUOUS: lacking clearness or definiteness; obscure; indistinct:

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Ambiguous is a word that can have a couple of meanings.  One is that it is a word that describes a phenomenon when one or more definitions can apply, such as the illustration to the right.   Is it a beautiful woman or is it Bill Clinton waxing jazz on a saxophone?   The point is that […]

EPIPHANY: to show forth; to disclose

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Today, January 6, is observed throughout Christianity as The Feast of The Epiphany. The tradition is characterized by the arrival of visitors from “the East” to honor the newborn baby Jesus. These visitors are depicted as kings or wise men;  my Priest spoke yesterday of them being astrologers. Their very existence depends upon the degree […]

AGNOSTIC : a person who does not believe or is unsure of something

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  It’s easy for people to confuse two words:  agnostic and atheist.   There’s a huge difference, and it matters. An atheist, in a most simplistic definition, is someone who does not believe that there is a God.  There is no questioning or wavering.  It is a certainty. An agnostic, however, is someone who questions whether […]

BIRTH NARRATIVES: the various stories surrounding the birth of Jesus of Nazareth

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Despite what many people believe to be the “true story” of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the fact is that there are many stories, some of which agree, and some of which are at odds with each other. For instance, the four Gospels, the primary readings of the New Testament, each have a unique […]

HOLIDAY CONVERGENCE: Thanksgiving Day and Chanukah

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It won’t happen again for 70,043 years.   I’m already making my reservations.  The Festival of Chanukah (Hanukkah) and Thanksgiving Day become a Holiday Convergence at that point.  The last time it happened was in 1888. There is some relationship to this convergence.   They both are festive celebrations and they both feature specific foods. The Festival […]