Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas and (a belated) Happy Hanukkah!

Peace be with you and your family.

Luke 2:8-14 “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

And even though Hanukkah (Chanukkah, Chanukah, or Hannukah), the Jewish Festival of Lights began December 12 and ended December 19. I hope everyone had a wonderful celebration The Story of Chanukah (Hanukkah)

Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!


Anonymous said...

How nice! Coincidentally, due to all of our different schedules my family and I are celebrating Christmas today. So I come to the site and I see this. The same to all of you and all of yours.

AndrewPrice said...

Merry Christmas (and assorted holidays) everyone!

Thanks for reading and commenting and whatever-elsing this year! :)

I hope you all had a great holiday and have a wonderfu year coming up!

EPorvaznik said...

To you as well, AP! Always appreciate the posts and commentary here. Bats is smart, they use radar. They'd be even smarter if they stopped by Commentarama!

BevfromNYC said...

I am shouting out a big DITTO to what Andrew said!!!! With a special thank you for all of the "whatever-elsing"! Bless you, each and every one you!

Anthony said...

Merry Christmas!

tryanmax said...

Merry late Christmas! It’s been nonstop for 4 days! Gotta squeeze a birthday in before the new year and then one more a week after that. Sheesh!

AndrewPrice said...

I see that it has now become pro forma to mention that famous women "blazed a trail for women" even when that's crap.

The latest example is Sue Crafton. She's an author of "alphabet" crime stories "A is for Alibi" and so forth. Quite famous. She just died, and they are calling her a trailblazer for women in the mystery novel genre.

One problem...

Agatha Christie.

Agatha Christie, a woman, invented what they now call the cozy mystery genre, in which Crafton wrote. Christie is the world's most recognized mystery writer with only the possible exception of Sherlock Holmes, depending on how you count him (he doesn't quite fit the genre). Long-dead Christie still outsells all the other mystery writers combined... including Crafton.

So while Crafton was an author of repute with a strong, international following, let's not ignore the accomplishments of Christie (a woman) just so we can award false plaudits.

AndrewPrice said...

Speaking of books, I have to shake my head at how generic so many books are today. I get a "book deals" email each day and I laugh at how formulaic these books are:

After a plague has nearly wiped out the population of the world the survivors must... yawn.

After a plague... after a plague... after a disease... after a biological agent unleashes a plague... after a biological disease... after a plague... after half of humanity dies... after more-than-half of humanity dies... after most of humanity dies... after 90% of humanity dies... let the cliches begin!

Humans fight for survival as an alien race... yawn.

Sgt. Rocke Tuffh, a grizzled veteran of humanity's last war against a mysterious alien race of serial killers, must fight for his life on a planet made of Nutella to save humanity.

Captain Tuffh Asrocke is humanity's last hope as he fights off an alien race determined to destroy humanity!

Agent Steelhy Rocke, the world's most macho female FBI agent, is put on a case where a serial killer she once dated before arresting and swearing never to sleep with serial killers again is killing again. Can she catch him and uncover the conspiracy that reaches the top of the FBI?

When a lethal biological agent winds up in the wrong hands, FBI operative (fka "Agent") Ballsovh Sthone is the only one who can stop a national disaster and uncover a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels.

"A heart-pounding ride that doesn’t let up until the final pages!"... "A heart-pounding ride that doesn’t let up until 42 pages from the end and then it becomes... uh, well, hmm. Probably should have stopped writing there, but I didn’t!"

"From an author whose writing is 'fast-paced, original, engaging'"... and also riddled with cliches and typos.

So what do we know?

1. If you're looking for a conspiracy, it's always the guy who runs the agency in charge of the investigation.

2. If you're looking for a serial killer... you dated them.

3. After a plague... shut up!

4. No one named Fhluffy Pillowh will ever save humanity.

5. There is no creativity in the modern world of publishing.

Critch said...

Happy New year everyone! God bless you all...

Post a Comment