Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
The Horatio Alger “rags-to-riches” American myth has certainly been criticized by everyone from Max Sawicky (formerly of the U. S. Treasury Department) to Michael Moore (Academy Award winning filmmaker). However, “rags to riches” might not be nearly as mythological as Horatio Alger’s own stereotypical persona.
|Horatio Alger, Jr. (Harvard, 1852)|
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Planning to build a temple is not usually big news. On the other hand, planning to build a “temple for atheists” ups the ante – especially when the planner’s name is Alain de Botton.
|Gonville and Caius (a de Botton alma mater)|
Friday, January 27, 2012
In the wake of Jay Leno’s controversial remarks about Mitt Romney and the Golden Temple, some have been wondering just what the Golden Temple actually is.
|Harmandir Sahib (Photo by J. Budissin)|
Thursday, January 26, 2012
As Newt Gingrich moons over his presidential possibilities, his so-called grandiosity knows no earthly bounds. Why just the other day, he promised “to create a moon colony by 2020 if elected president.”
|Osiris (by Jeff Dahl)|
If these deities and spirits have indeed been populating the moon for eons, then what would they think of Newt’s plan to turn it into a mining camp (the likes of which the American Southwest has never seen)? Would they think his plan grandiose? Or would they instead deem it to be essentially small-minded?
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Whales have been featured within humankind’s sacred tales for centuries. This is understandable, given the majesty of these aquatic mammals.
|Harpooning a Whale (Engraving by John H. Clark)|
whipped up “terrible storms” as it emerged from the ocean into the air. The Inuits believed that the whale was the most “magnificent subject” of their sea goddess, Sedna. An East African story tells of a whale that was sent by God to teach King Sulemani a lesson in humility. Icelandic legend speaks of a man who “threw a stone at a fin whale and hit the blowhole, causing the whale to burst.” As punishment, the man was ordered to stay away from the sea for the next 20 years. When he disobeyed, “a whale came and killed him.” The moral of this story is said to be that “whales can forgive a crime, but only if it had been properly atoned for.”
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Coveting thy neighbor’s wife (or husband, or friend) has been an age-old recipe for disaster – but now there is new evidence to suggest that it might also be a recipe for death.
|(Autopsied Human Heart)|
Sunday, January 22, 2012
|(Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)|
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Wikipedia reports that Mitt Romney is “a sixth-generation member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints” and “is descended from a genealogically interconnected political family sometimes known as the Pratt-Romneys.” The Pratt-Romney family is linked by marriage to the Smith family – the most famous member of which was Joseph Smith, Jr., founder and prophet of the Latter Day Saints movement.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Although in Western culture, February 2nd often seems like just another hurdle on the way to Valentine’s Day – in many other cultures it is supremely important.
|Meeting of the Lord (Russian Icon)|