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    Taking the Mass out of Christmas?

    I always thought that the common example of a nominal Christian was one who attended Church service on only Christmas and Easter.  Is that only a liturgical Christian cliche?  Someone recently told me most Protestants cancel services on Sunday if Christmas should happen to fall on that day.  I...
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    Jazz singer and lyricist Jon Hendricks dies at 96

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2017/11/22/obituaries/jon-hendricks-96-who-brought-a-new-dimension-to-jazz-singing-dies.amp.html A very talented man.  He also taught at the University of Toledo for many years.
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    How does your language say "Hookah"?

    I realized even now, I'm really not used to that word. Probably 90% of the Arabic speakers I know are from the Levant, they use a word that is very close to how the French pronounction: narguilé (nix the "n", and that is roughly the word I'm used to).  Do all Arabic speaking countries use this...
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    Discovered: NT Online Bible Study

    I just found what looks to be a fairly decent NT Online English Bible Study.  It's from Ohio to boot.  I think this may have been Fr. Hopko's old parish when he was in Ohio. https://www.youtube.com/user/AnzivinoTech/playlists So far it's 2 Gospels, Acts, and Revelation.  So far it seems great...
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    Amelia Earhart mystery solved?

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/07/05/new-photo-may-prove-amelia-earhart-captured-japanese/451521001/ If so, this is a strange twist.  I'm skeptical, this may just be a publicity ploy by an over eager historian.  But we shall see.  Thoughts?
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    Who is like unto the beast

    Does this Translate to any proper noun in Greek?  Is there any commentary to contrast  with Michael?  If so,  why here?
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    Memory Eternal Matushka Juliana Schmemann

    http://www.antiochian.org/memory-eternal-matushka-juliana-schmemann Memory Eternal
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    Cocktail Theology

    This priest really gets it: https://www.firstthings.com/article/2016/12/cocktail-theology Highlight: Enough throat-clearing—what about the cocktails? I cannot say for certain what my friend Derek may have learned from me about the Lord, but under his tutelage I did grow fond of the martini...
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    Games for Hades

    I have it in my head that there was one festival / games held in honor of Hades once ever 100 years.  None of the books I have on hand say this, nor can I find out any info online.  Does anyone know what I'm talking about?  Is my brain lying to me?
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    Which universal monster are you?

    Halloween question. I have an eccentric work schedule that keeps me up at night, I am from Orthodox lands so there is that kind of thing with the Count.  As far as I know though that's all I have in similarities.  Plus I have the theory that Hollywood went into decline as soon as vampires...
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    An artistic representation of fear and sectarianism

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    Worst Halloween Candy to give kids

    http://www.oola.com/lifestyle/4642/22-halloween-candies-that-are-simply-the-worst/ May this be a lesson to you all. I like (or at least liked as a kid) the circus peanuts, butterscotch, lemon heads, and pixie stix.  I guess I consider the candy corn and pumpkins something of a tradition, even...
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    Youtube heresies

    From Bp. Barron: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj0V7JhMJ3w https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP2InFa16D0 a longer lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj0V7JhMJ3w This applies a lot to day to day affairs.  Among my generation "Marcionism" seems to be the big one.  Maybe it's "grass is...
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    If you hear hooves it's probably a horse, not a Zebra

    http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2011/01/common-common-diagnosis-rare.html This was a piece of medical "shop talk" that I fell in love with early on.  I think it is a practice that helps illustrate how our mind unhinged gets disconnected with reality.  It really helped me when think about philosophy...
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    5 Warnings of a Toxic Faith

    http://aleteia.org/2016/09/06/5-warning-signs-of-a-toxic-faith/ Good stuff
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    That which divides

    22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From One Another http://www.businessinsider.com/22-maps-that-show-the-deepest-linguistic-conflicts-in-america-2013-6 I pretty much do what people from Detroit would do, oddly I think as soon as youcross the bridge and hit...
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    Parsing Sarpedon

    Can anybody parse this name?  Is it used on anybody other than two mythological heroes (who don't exactly have Greek roots, and who sometimes get combined as one person)?
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    Gordie Howe

    RIP: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.yahoo.com/amphtml/sports/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/gordie-howe-was-my-hockey-god-162405742.html# One of the greatest NHL players, and one of the greatest athletes to play for any team in Detroit.
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    Float like a butterfly

    Sting like a bee.  Goodbye Mohammed Ali. http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/04/us/muhammad-ali/index.html
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    Phun Phoenician Phacts

    I'm only doing this because someone asked me about Carthage, a rare thing to ask about, and it turned into an hour of me bloviating on and on, and I still haven't got my fix on rambling...so I'm taking it out on this forum to see if anyone bites and I can indulge myself: What's in a name? It's...