I enjoyed reading Rachel Held Evans on "Christians and Humor: Thoughts on Making It Work." We Quakers of the Tom Mullen fan club know that he certainly could make it work--he notoriously found humor even in his diabetes. Among my favorite Tom Mullen samples was his sermon at Indiana Yearly Meeting sessions, entitled "The Whole Gospel: A Partial View." Correct me if I've got it wrong, but, as I remember, he began by explaining that he'd asked several people for advice about what to say. Apparently Elton Trueblood advised, "Why not focus on silence?" In contrast, yearly meeting clerk Richard Newby urged, "Preach about sin--and name names!"
samples here). And some Russians use humor to associate the ruling party with corruption, changing its name from "Edinaya Rossiya" (United Russia) to "Edim Rossiyu" ("We Eat Russia") and replacing the proud bear on party banners with a rat.
That last example reminded me of the great Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko. In a 1967 column for the Daily News, he suggested that the city's image needed updating. Why not a new city seal? He suggested a design competition, and provided his own example to show what he meant.
The clasped hands represent the true spirit of Chicago friendship--especially when the concrete is being poured.Royko was very specific about how large the sketches of proposed new city seals should be: "Make them about the size of an alderman's wallet--about eight inches across or bigger." So, we Chicagoans don't grant pride of place to Russians or anyone else for election fraud or corruption, or for their humorous depiction: we're pioneers!
Under the clasped hands, you see the happy city worker clearing the way for still another new improvement.
And the exploding car in the right-hand corner represents the festive spirit of Chicago.
Once we have a new city seal, we will need a new city motto. That I have provided.
The old one is Urbs in Horto (City in a Garden).
The invention of the concrete mixer has made the old motto meaningless.
The new motto--Ubi Est Mea--means "Where's Mine?"
How total is the Kremlin's control of Russian mass media? Pretty close, says one article. It's not that simple, says another.
Doug Bennett, "Gazing at the Bomber with Fear and Fascination."
"The Real Reason Theologians Fight May Have Little to Do with Theology." Don Miller links the ability to tolerate ambiguity may have to do with, among other things, brain chemistry. Some of the commenters can't help but accuse him of determinism....
"Quaker values among Rwandan Friends."
Mike Royko fans: look at the Google scan linked to that little "source" caption and scroll down to page 31 to his still-timely take on the gun control controversy.
More good medicine: Guitar Slim accompanied by Sweet Willie:
Guitar Slim Sweet Willie II from Halim Ina on Vimeo.