She Knew I Would Make It

She Knew I Would Make It

After Peter O’Toole died in December, The New York Times gave him a worthy sendoff. The marvelous English actor’s obituary, which began on the front page, ran several thousand words. At the conclusion of its online version the Times ran this addendum:...
Santa’s Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Santa’s Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Santa’s changing some policies at the North Pole. You see, he’s concerned about global warming. If the polar ice caps melt, his workshop will sink into the Arctic Ocean. He’d become a climate refugee. What’s more, our changing climate is...
‘Tis the Season to Celebrate Mammon

‘Tis the Season to Celebrate Mammon

Here come Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas. It’s a month-long season of friends and family, spiritual reflection, and time to decompress from our usual helter-skelter lives, right? Good lord, shout the corporate bosses, are you nuts? Do you think America is...
‘Tis the Season to Shop at Tiffany’s

‘Tis the Season to Shop at Tiffany’s

The economy is expanding, the unemployment rate is down, and consumers are spending again. The National Retail Federation expects holiday season sales to be up 3.8 percent over 2010, and other organizations predict increases of 3.5 percent to 4 percent. It all sounds...
At Peace with Christmas

At Peace with Christmas

It’s now officially too late to do your Christmas shopping early. That’s OK. Doing your Christmas shopping late counts too. Remember, it’s not the thought behind the gift that counts; it’s what you spend on it. Oh, I imagine you Xmasologists...