Category Archives: Christmas

School’s In

Classes are about to begin.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the vacation and the Christmas holidays.  Now it’s time to start a new semester.  I’ve been at my desk since a little afer 5 AM getting ready. Yesterday was a faculty meeting, … Continue reading

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Choir and Handbell Party

The choir and handbell choir met last evening at a delightful house in this county last evening for a post-holiday get-together.  It was a quiet evening, given to good conversation and good food, but nothing to excess. I particularly enjoyed … Continue reading

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Plough Monday, Distaff Day

Today, January 7, is both Plough Monday and Distaff Day.  The two don’t always coincide. Plough Monday, as the name indicates, is a Monday:  specifically, the first Monday after Epiphany, January 6.  Distaff Day is the very day after January … Continue reading

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Getting Underway

Happy Ten Pipers Piping!  It’s still Christmas. It doesn’t quite feel like Christmas this late in the season, does it?  But it is.  Saturday is Twelfth Night.  Feel free to have one more party! Looking ahead, Septuagesima Sunday is February … Continue reading

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Christmas Letter

On Christmas Day, some old friends came for dinner.  One of them asked whether Isaiah’s prophecy “they shall call his name Emmanuel” contradicts Matthew, where the angel tells Joseph “thou shalt call his name Jesus.” I dearly love these two … Continue reading

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Christmas So Far

It’s not yet 10 AM on Christmas morning…but what a lot to report already. Saturday afternoon, I played the evening Mass for Advent IV in the local parish, and then was a guest at the pastor’s birthday party at the … Continue reading

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Solstice

It’s the shortest day of the year, all the shorter and darker for the incessant heavy rain. It’s been pouring since the wee hours of the morning…it’s now after noon.  The basement pump has been running for hours. It’s warm … Continue reading

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The Ice Storm of 1973

The calendar for 1973 was the same as for 2018, so exactly forty-five years ago this morning was Monday morning, December 17, 1973. One week previously, on Long Island, we awoke to the great ice storm of 1973. The weekend … Continue reading

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Allspice

Whole allspice (Pimenta dioica) looks like peppercorns, but is an entirely different plant.  When ground, it is a dark reddish-brown.  It is native to the Western Hemisphere and grows at high elevations in tropical climates.  Jamaica produces the best. Yesterday, … Continue reading

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