Friday, April 29, 2011

"I wanted them to take the smaller carriage."

NBC hired a lipreader for the Royal Wedding, and I was charmed by "I wanted them to take the smaller carriage" quote supposedly spoken by Queen Elizabeth. How like family on a wedding day, although with a distinctly royal twist! Who do you know who has an entire fleet of carriages at her disposal?

The world wishes the happy couple a life of happiness!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter, He is Risen

"In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen." -Matthew 28: 1-6

Friday, April 22, 2011

A Man of Sorrows and Acquainted with Grief

He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces. He was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed. -Isiah 53:3-5

Today is Good Friday. In dozens of countries, and in hundreds of cities and towns throughout the world, the remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus will occupy the attention of the faithful. Pictures and statues of Jesus, often depicting a man who looks a lot like the way that local people look, shown in a landscape looking very much like you would find nearby, fill churches where worshippers gather.

The photograph above appeared on the Internet a few weeks ago, accompanying an article about the retreat of freedom fighters from the town of Ras Lanuf, Libya. The look of utter despair on this man's face, with the crown of thorns worn by Jesus replaced by a crown of bullets, seemed a modern yet timeless metaphor of the ancient story of the suffering of Jesus and of the cross.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Wilmette Elections: Today April 5, 2011

Election today:
NO on the tax increase (we've had enough already, thanks. District 39 Schools need to do what they can with what they have, like we've been doing at our house since the Great Meltdown).

District 39 School Board:
Vote ONLY for Laurie Stogin; we need ONE good person there.

Wilmette Library Board:
Write-in Mike Levitan for the 2-year term

Wilemette Village Board:
Vote for Mike Basil and Bob Bielinski

For New Trier:
Mike O'Donoghue, Greg Robitaille, and Joel Goldhar.

For people who have recently moved to Wilmette, the tax bill goes up every year and doubles every so often. We're of the mind that should provide enough money. DON'T drive out the citizens who are older and aren't sending kids to the public schools.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Real Choices: 2012 and You

Enough seriousness -- time for a little light humor! If you don't want to watch the entire minute and one second about the 2012 Presidential campaign, at least view the charming ending!

Friday, April 01, 2011

Illinois Senator Mark Kirk Talks Sense on Libya

Illinois' newest Senator Mark Kirk gets Libya right. Rather than talk about it myself, I'd suggest you listen to Mark.