Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

...and on earth peace, good will towards men.
Luke 2:14—the absolute central message of Christmas

Yes, I know, there are plenty of people who call themselves "Christians" who are lying, warmongering, thugs who literally worship ignorance.  Those of us who hail from the more enlightened precincts of the faith are truly embarrassed by such creatures.  But what can you do?  Blithering Buffoons like Mike Huckabee (and seemingly the whole cohort of Baptist divines) are useful to the multi-$billion military-industrial complex.  The peacemakers obviously are not.  Huckabee is a regular on TV.  Guys like my dad—not in a thousand years.

In the spirit of peace, some pictures from winters past.  We will have a snow-free Christmas this year.

It must get VERY cold to freeze a creek running this fast

There is no quiet like the woods in winter.  Nothing moves and the snow absorbs sound

A solstice sunset taken from the Veblen tombstone at Valley Grove cemetery.  The sun may be coming back, but it has gone very low in the sky.

This tombstone

We might be having a brown Christmas this year but this is what the snowpiles looked like last year.

A picture taken by my father after a nasty blizzard in 1951.  The two on the left are my sisters—five and six years old.

That's me in the window.  I am almost two.  Note the huge ice dam / icicle.  That house was almost new so it reflects the primitive state of the art for insulation.

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