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Ode to Puns   Leave a comment

O glorious puns,

derided as the “lowest form of humor,”

you, who require a large

vocabulary, are not only fun

but, according not only to rumor,

more fun than any barge.

To tell excellent puns one must be smart,

well-read, literate, and observant;

to understand puns one must be the same.

Magnificent thou art,

intelligent and well-meant;

thou the groans should not tame.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 30, 2012 COMMON ERA

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Aging   Leave a comment

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Above:  The Author’s Chin on December 30, 2012

My chin is sprouting white hairs and

their friends are growing from my temples.

Yes, I am aging;

I recover more slowly from aches and pains and

experiences pile upon each other,

forming a proverbial tower

of knowledge and awareness

of how little (relatively) I know

as I become more conscious

of one thing then another,

affirmed or proven wrong.

I am growing more humble with age;

sophomoric notions of omniscience

ring hollow; putting on airs

is a waste of time.

Such knowledge is a great gain.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 30, 2012 COMMON ERA

 

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Intemperance a Sin   8 comments

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Above:  Cover of Puck Magazine, August 28, 1907

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsca-26196

Summary from the Library of Congress page:

Illustration shows two men, one labeled “Georgia” and the other labeled “Maine”, both are holding bottles, one labeled “Orange Phosphate” and the other labeled “Cold Tea” which contain alcohol; their pockets are filled with such bottles, their method of subverting prohibition.

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2011647232/)

I am, for the record, a practicing Episcopalian, albeit a relatively “dry” one.  I have no objection to the sale or use of alcohol yet do object to the abuse of that substance.  Abuse of anything is a sin, but alcohol is, in and of itself, morally neutral.  I think of an old (perhaps apocryphal) story about a lady who traveled on the lecture circuit for the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU).  At one town, she gave her stump speech about how God wants people to avoid alcohol completely.  Then she asked if anyone had any questions for her.  A young man raised his hand.  She called on him.  Then he asked,

If what you say is true, how do you explain Jesus turning water into wine?

The speaker replied,

I would like him better if he had not done that.

I also know the historical record regarding the unintended consequences of Prohibition in the United States.  Yes, alcohol consumption did decrease for decades, but Prohibition was a boon to corruption and organized crime.  There are limits to how much morality one can legislate effectively.

I recall a family story.  My great-grandfather, in his later years, received an unwelcome prescription.  His doctor told him to drink a small amount of wine with each evening meal.  My great-grandfather protested that alcohol had never passed his lips.  But my great-grandmother knew better; she had opened the packages containing fruit cakes when he had been elsewhere.  As we say in the South,

’nuff said.

Now, without further ado, are my great-grandfather’s thoughts on intemperance.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 30, 2012  COMMON ERA

THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS, YEAR C

THE SIXTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

THE FEAST OF SAINT ANYSIA, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYR

THE FEAST OF FRANCES JOSEPH-GAUDET, PRISON REFORMER

THE FEAST OF JOSEPHINE BUTLER, WORKER AMONG WOMEN

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Hab. 2, 12 & 15; 2 Jno. 11

1.  It is wrong to drink–beverages forbidden pigs make hogs; tipters make topers.  It is an evil for the (1) body (2) mind and (3) soul–damns it at the last.  “Is not wise,” is a fool (Prov. 20:1).  Drunkard classed with the thief & murderer (Gal. 5:19-21; Rev. 21:8)  Neither shall inherit eternal life.  “At the last it biteth like a serpent and stingeth like an adder.”

2.  Wrong to give it, or sell it.  (Hab. 2:15)  It hurts my brother whom I have no right to harm (1 Cor. 10:28 and 8:9; Romans 14:13).  Since I dare not touch the business, God’s curse is upon all who do.  We have no moral right to engage in that which destroys life eternally.

3.  It is wrong to endorse its sale–Hab. 2:12.  If one consents to murder, he is guilty of blood–2 Jno 11.  Shall we by vote or consent in any way to legalize the murder of souls.

God’s curse rests upon the whole traffic.  Let it alone in all its forms.  Do your duty for God and home  and native land.  If all the world goes to the bad, don’t you dare consent to it.  Live for God and the good of others.

GEORGE WASHINGTON  BARRETT

Late Night/Early Morning Rain II   Leave a comment

Early morning rain

pelts the roof

during a thunderstorm,

creating a nocturnal rhythm–

a music of sorts–

to which to fall asleep.

Meanwhile, the thirsty earth

drinks the water the clouds supply

from up in the sky

as occasional bolts of lightning

illumine the overcast sky.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 26, 2012

Advent Renewal   Leave a comment

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Above:  The Author on December 2, 2012

The cycle turns

from the Season after Pentecost

to Advent again;

Christ is King,

the announcement of the end of the old order

makes room for

the announcement of the new order.

Soon (liturgically),

a child will be born defenseless

into a dangerous world,

and, today,

I recall that perfidy must never

extinguish innocence and love.

The church year begins again

in apprehension and hope

and in the shadow of Calvary and an empty tomb–

again, apprehension and hope.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 3, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARUTHAS, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF MAYPHERKAT AND MISSIONARY TO PERSIA

THE FEAST OF SAINT BERNARD OF PARMA, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER, ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSIONARY IN ASIA

THE FEAST OF JOHN OWEN SMITH, UNITED METHODIST BISHOP IN GEORGIA

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