Her Majesty the Queen

  The death of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain yesterday has opened the floodgates of commentary around the world.  I can’t add anything to the plaudits of those who were her subjects, admirers and friends, so I won’t even try.  Instead, I’ll try to portray her as my parents and their friends saw her. They’d… Continue reading Her Majesty the Queen

In memoriam: Mikhail Gorbachev

  Reams have already been written about the death of Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union before its collapse.  I think one of the most appropriate thoughts comes from the blogger at HMS Defiant: Two men encompassed the beginning of the end of the Cold War. Ronald Reagan could not have accomplished… Continue reading In memoriam: Mikhail Gorbachev

A musical In Memoriam

  Who can forget the iconic music theme from the James Bond movies? It seems the composer of the original 007 theme, Monty Norman, died yesterday.  The story of how he developed that theme is interesting. Bond producer Cubby Broccoli had asked Norman to compose the first movie’s score, having been impressed with his stage… Continue reading A musical In Memoriam

The Uvalde shooting: a tragedy with some strange elements

  Thoughts, prayers and support go out to the bereaved of Uvalde.  For parents and siblings to lose sons and daughters, brothers and sisters like that, particularly at so early an age, is tragic beyond description.  May God give the survivors what comfort they are able to receive, and accept the souls of the dead… Continue reading The Uvalde shooting: a tragedy with some strange elements

Saturday Snippet: There, but for the grace of God, go I…

  I posted a snippet from the late Pentecostal pastor Jamie Buckingham in these pages back in 2020.  His wit and wisdom helped me in the past, and I still dip into his books now and again, because their message stays fresh even with the passage of time. This one, like the previous example, is… Continue reading Saturday Snippet: There, but for the grace of God, go I…

In Memoriam: Patrick Jake O’Rourke

  Humorist, war correspondent, writer and columnist P. J. O’Rourke has died at the age of 74.  Often labeled as a conservative or right-winger, he was far from the stereotypical images evoked by those labels, carving out his own niche and unafraid to criticize those on the right as much (and as pungently) as he… Continue reading In Memoriam: Patrick Jake O’Rourke

Sunday morning music

  Last Friday we heard the sad news that Ian McDonald, founding member of legendary progressive rock group King Crimson and, later, of rock band Foreigner, has died at the age of 75. McDonald’s impact on modern music is immense, but his name is little known outside aficionado circles.  Sid Smith pays tribute: The death… Continue reading Sunday morning music

Sometimes an article will bring a tear to your eye

  This one did, to mine. On Dec. 2, Haley and her husband Jb Parke welcomed their newborn son John Beeson Parke (Jb), three weeks early. The Sunday before, her husband was admitted to the hospital with complications from cancer. While the couple thought they had 6 months, they found out on Wednesday that it… Continue reading Sometimes an article will bring a tear to your eye