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  • Nov 02 / 2008
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God’s Grandeur

To take the fall foliage tour, all I have to do is look out my front door and admire the tree in my neighbor’s yard across the street. Lots of great vistas from my backyard, too.

God’s Grandeur
The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs—
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

–Gerard Manley Hopkins, 1918

  • Oct 31 / 2008
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John Smith on All the Issues

In today’s Politickle Video, Presidential candidate John Smith recaps his positions on all the issues.

This is the final installment of our 10-part series on “consensus candidate” John Smith, featuring highlights from the previous episodes. Be sure to share this special compilation video with all your friends and enemies. And stay tuned for our next program, “Dr. Bob Explains Everything,” premiering soon!

  • Oct 29 / 2008
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Room with a Boo

Room with a Boo

Halloween at 31A Hunt St., Brockton, Mass.

This is our first house, in Brockton, Massachusetts. We lived there 1986-89. There were two families of Cape Verdeans next door who always invited us to their parties and shared their wonderful food with us. My favorite was something they called pastel, a scrumptious fried fish pie that contributed mightily to the destruction of my theretofore trim physique! One Halloween, we cut a jack-o-lantern face in an old window shade and hung it in our upstairs bedroom. We had a long driveway, but you could see it all the way from the street, and all the kids in the neighborhood loved it.

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