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Home to an optimistic cynic If you could peer far enough into the night sky, you'd see a star in any direction you looked. When would you sleep? I would sleep the sleep of a thousand sleeps ere the mid-night found. How such sleep would be sweet and, oh, let peace abound!

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    Morning Edition and the Gospel

    Here is a story that was aired on NPR’s Morning Edition about two years ago. If you want to read the whole segment you can find it here. Julio Diaz has a daily routine. Every night, the 31-year-old social worker ends his hour-long subway commute to the Bronx one stop early, just so he can […]

    Ever Wanted to Attend Your Own Funeral?

    I have been keeping up with this first season of “Dollhouse” by Joss Whedon and if you have the time, take a look at the episode, “Haunted.” Even if you don’t watch the show, this episode stands alone. It is about a woman who, through wonderous advances in science-fiction, has the ability to transfer her […]

    Out Of My Cold, Dead Hand…Munitions And Freedom

    I heard a story on NPR recently about a nationwide ammunition shortage. While part of the shortage can be linked to what is being sent overseas to fight the two wars, the owner of a California gun store gave a different, more curious explanation. Johnny Dury, the man being interviewed, claimed that fear of President […]

    Mockingbird At The Movies: Joss Whedon’s Serenity

    The brilliant space opera Serenity was born out of the short-lived, Joss Whedon-created TV show called “Firefly.” To get an idea of the setting, think Wild West in space and then, if you can figure out how that could possibly be any good, you will be on the right track. The power of the show […]

    The Difference Between Possums and Cats

    I was perusing the “Best of Craigslist” today and came across the posting CAT FOUND where someone apparently found a possum on their back porch and, thinking it was someone’s lost cat, took it in and posted a bulletin on craigslist. I have a hard time believing this post is legitimate, but it reminds me […]

    Top 5 Quotes for Me Today

    In no particular order: 1. Ani Difranco, “As Is” – “Just give up and admit you’re an asshole/You would be in some good company/And I think you’d find your friends would forgive you/Or maybe I am just speaking for me.” I am pretty sure this is a song about one of Ani’s past relationships, but […]

    A Quote for the Holidays

    I have a friend who just commented on my facebook status:

    “Kris is gaining new perspective on the heights of forgiveness.”

    Leon: “Sinners make the best saints.”
    Kris: “Amen. Amen!”

    Speaking of Thornton Wilder

    I thought I would share a quote from “Our Town.” This is from a scene in Act II. George is about to get married to Mr. Webb’s daughter Emily, and they are talking about marriage. Mr. Webb: George, I was thinking the other night about some advice my father gave me when I got married. […]

    Chick Flicks

    I recently watched “P.S. I Love You” and loved it. I cannot say it was a particularly good movie, but I really enjoyed it because I enjoy all movies that romanticize love. I think it is because I know how bad at loving I really am and for two hours at a time I want […]