Greetings, iMonks. It’s time once again to clean up the leftovers from this week, a week when Chaplain Mike returned from his frivolous studies to get down to the important stuff: enlightening and educating us. I may be the abbot, but Chaplain Mike is the Father Prior of the InternetMonk iMonastery. His return was greeted with much rejoicing. And the rejoicing created quite a mess around here. So if everyone will pitch in, we’ll have this place cleaned up in no time. It’s the way we do things around here. We call it rambling …
What would Christmas be without another book telling us just who the real St. Nick is/was/will be? Here’s a new take on an old story: Seems we won’t ever know who St. Nick was, or if even really was. But that doesn’t stop this author from filling 230 pages telling us about him.
Want the best story about Santa Claus? Can’t beat Cheech and Chong’s tale of Santa Claus And His Old Lady. And this will not be last drug reference in this edition of Saturday Ramblings. Just sayin’…
When I was in high school (many, many, many years ago), I remember reading Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin’s classic tale of how he, a white man, darkened his skin to live in the deep south in the late 1950s as a black man. Now we have Timothy Kurek writing of his year living as a gay man. Kurek even passed himself off as gay to his family, conservative evangelicals. Yes, he wrote a book about his experiences. Do you think it is right to lie in this way in order to experience what you could not otherwise experience?
Just where has Hal Lindsey been? Not sure, but I know where he is going to be come January: At Future Congress 2. You can hear the “father of the modern prophecy movement” talk about, well, I’m not sure. I imagine he’ll talk about end times. Of course, he may not even be there. After all, December 21 is looming. And if astrophysicists are buying safe shelters, then perhaps we should all be paying attention.
David DeVore, of “David After Dentist” fame, is telling his fellow Floridians to say no to drugs and yes to Jesus. What? You haven’t seen David After Dentist? What are you waiting for? Watch it now. The rest of us will wait. (And this is not the last drug reference in this edition of Saturday Ramblings, either.)
Rick Warren is, according to this, making a comeback. I never knew he had left the building.
The Synonymous Rambler thought we might all enjoy watching The Parent Rap. And no, still not the last drug reference … (These people are on drugs, aren’t they?)
Christians of various denominations seldom get along, let alone if those of various stripes are called to share one church among them. Why should those in Jerusalem be any different? The various groups that share the Church of the Holy Sepulcher forgot to pay their water bill. And with all the Holy Water they used, that came to quite the sum. The story does have a happy ending. Oh, and read it just to find out who the doorkeeper of the church is. Interesting.
Dave Brubeck, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, passed away this week, one day ahead of what would have been his 92nd birthday. Seems many of his compositions had biblical themes as their foundation. Brubeck’s passing makes for an easy choice for this week’s bonus video.
Oh good! It’s not just Gentiles who come up with really crummy crap for the holidays. Seems Jews are getting in on the act as well. Who wouldn’t want “The Night Before Hanukkah” on CD for themselves?
Ok, ready for the final drug reference in this edition of Saturday Ramblings? Are you? I know you have all be waiting to hear Mark Driscoll’s take on the legalization of hippy lettuce in his home state of Washington. He has even written a mini-book on the subject called Puff Or Pass. And now I’ll stand aside and let the rantings begin.
Happy birthday cards were opened this last week by Lou Rawls; Lee Trevino; Bette Midler; Jonathan Frid; Michael McDonald; Brittney Spears; Aaron Rodgers; Max Baer, Jr.; Jeff Bridges; Walt Disney; Calvin Trillin; Dave Brubeck; Don King; Harry Chapin; Johnny Bench; and Tom Waits.
If you can figure out the time signature of Brubeck’s songs, then you are a much better musician than most. His songs are brilliant in that way, and almost impossible for others to play. Here is Dave Brubeck (on piano) playing his masterpiece, Take Five. Enjoy.