Two Takes on Christmas: Chesterton and Rembrandt

Adoration of the shepherds

The House of Christmas by Gilbert Keith Chesterton  There fared a mother driven forth Out of an inn to roam; In the place where she was homeless All men are at home. The crazy stable close at hand, With shaking timber and shifting sand, Grew a stronger thing to abide and stand Than the square stones of Rome. For men are homesick in their homes, And strangers under the sun, And they lay on their heads in a foreign land Whenever the day is done. Here we have battle and blazing … [Read more...]

What Ever Happened to Reason?

Photo by: Scout Tufankjian for Obama for America, used under creative commons license.

Civility can eventually lead to Chesterton, or at least Jurassic Park. Now that the debates are over, I must admit I was less than impressed. Often the tone pitched, the attacks personal. Candidates didn’t discuss why the opposition’s policy proposals might not be in the best interest of middle-class Americans. Instead, they accused the opposition of not caring about middle-class Americans. Big difference. When in closing remarks one would drop the gloves long enough to refer to the other as a … [Read more...]

G.K. Chesterton is a Paisley-Patterned Bow Tie?

Baby Jude with BowTie

"Authors are like neckwear fashions. They go in and out of style." Don't ask how I came across that above quote and this blogpost comparing authors to necktie fashions. I just did, okay? (Is scanning through someone's past Google searches kind of like snooping through their medicine cabinet?) Anyway, here's a comparison from that post that really caught my attention: G.K. Chesterton would be a bow tie with a paisley pattern. His writing is old fashioned and florid with a touch of … [Read more...]