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A Resumption of our Humanity

As I watched the Biden-Harris inaugural ceremonies this week, I found myself overcome by unanticipated thoughts and feelings.

Although I've been aware of presidential inaugurations since 1960, when I was nine, this is the first one I've ever taken the time to watch in its entirety.

Of course, as a reliable Democrat, there were the expected feelings of relief as the political pendulum swung in favor of my preferred affiliation.

Compass dial with needle pointing towards Truth

The Big Truth

As I write these words, the invasion of our US Capitol in DC is only a week behind us.

At least in terms of what I've been reading (and writing) over the intervening period, many of us are wracked anew by the question of how it could have come to this, and what these actions might mean for our future.

Tourists by the Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square

What Christmas Means to Me

Here we are at the end of another year, well into what many of us call the holiday season.

As I've remarked elsewhere, when it comes to religion, I'm a bit of a mongrel, so my approach to the holidays, while imbued with many of the traditional elements associated with a good Methodist upbringing, does not hew closely to any particular set of Christian dictates.

But that's perhaps as it should be, for Christmas, it seems to me, has always been too big a thing to be narrowly claimed by any particular religious organization.

Christmas Favorites

Christmas Favorites from The Practical Utopian

The Christmas season is one of my favorite times of year, and I've acquired a huge collection of holiday music over the years, so I thought I would share my thoughts about a few of my favorites with all of you. So here are 20 of my favorite holiday tracks. I've tried to select as wide a variety of songs as possible, mixing different artists and styles.

Album Cover for Christmas Songs

The Christmas Song

It would be hard to leave this one off of any list of holiday tunes. First of all, as it's named, this is “The Christmas Song.” Second of all, everyone has recorded a version of it – I have thirty different renditions of it in my own personal collection. Third, there's the classic story of the song's composition….