Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas to All

With my best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday. And with my thanks for those who have followed the blog this year, and to those who have offered commentary. I am especially grateful to those who have donated to the blog and to those who will soon contribute.


Sam L. said...

A lovely piece. Thanks for putting it in.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Stuart: Another great year of writing. Thank you.

James said...

Again, Merry Christmas to all (except the Chaldeans,can't stand them).

Jack Fisher said...

Happy Kwanzaa or Kwaanza or Whatevah!

AO, may Kwanzaa Klaus bring you the gift of writing and clear thought.

Ares Olympus said...

Thank you Stuart, for encouraging me to look at many topics I'm sure I'd otherwise not hear or think about. The world is a big place, so a blogger's task seems to be to shine light in various directions to see what we can see.

Exploring such varied topics reminds me of a poem written by an Irish Monk in the margin of a book he was translating. Fortunately our new dark age hasn't set in quite yet, and with luck our lifetimes won't need us to go back to candle light to share our musings to posterity. Hopefully the best will be written down somewhere before the electrons go dim. (Modern translation)
I and Pangur Ban my cat,
'Tis a like task we are at:
Hunting mice is his delight,
Hunting words I sit all night.
'Gainst the wall he sets his eye
Full and fierce and sharp and sly;
'Gainst the wall of knowledge I
All my little wisdom try.
So in peace our task we ply,
Pangur Ban, my cat, and I;
In our arts we find our bliss,
I have mine and he has his.

Practice every day has made
Pangur perfect in his trade;
I get wisdom day and night
Turning darkness into light.