True and Honest Christmas

“When Pope Julius I authorized December 25 to be celebrated as the birthday of Jesus in A.D. 353, who would have ever thought that it would become what it is today. When Professor Charles Follen lit candles on the first Christmas tree in America in 1832, who would have ever thought that the decorations would …

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The Great (Christmas) Adventure Story

Don’t you love a good adventure story?  You know, the stories that keep you up reading long after you should be in bed.  The stories made into movies that you watch repeatedly because they are that good.  Years ago I largely stopped reading fiction adventures.  Instead, I have maintained steady diet of true-life adventure stories.  …

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Notable and Quotable: “The Spiritual Guide”

Image via author, unnamed lake, Wallowa Mountains, Oregon The book, "The Spiritual Guide" by Miguel de Molinos, has been a widely read and popular book since its original publication in 1675, and with a few short years it was translated into nearly every language on the European continent. Despite being banned by the Catholic Church …

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