A Straight Shot of Politics

A blog from a gentleman of the Liberal political persuasion dedicated to right reason, clear thinking, cogent argument, and the public good.

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I have returned from darkness and quiet. I used to style myself as "Joe Claus", Santa Claus’ younger brother because that is what I still look like. I wrote my heart out about liberal politics until June of 2006, when all that could be said had been said. I wrote until I could write no more and I wrote what I best liked to read when I was young and hopeful: the short familiar essays in Engish and American periodicals of 50 to 100 years ago. The archetype of them were those of G.K. Chesterton, written in newspapers and gathered into numerous small books. I am ready to write them again. I am ready to write about life as seen by the impoverished, by the mentally ill, by the thirty years and more of American Buddhist converts, and by the sharp eyed people [so few now in number] with the watcher's disease, the people who watch and watch and watch. I am all of these.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Welcome Home Anchoress

The Anchoress has commenced her return to blogging, from illness, with a wonderful post on the Christian season of Advent, which started last Sunday. I would have liked to track back to it. Unfortunately she really is back, which means she can whip out three or four posts in the time it takes me simply to get to the grocery store and back.

Advent, so I am told, is supposed to be a time of austerity, fasting, prayer, and reflection in anticipation of Christ's coming. I'm sure it will be so for the Anchoress and I hope she is able to savor the delicate sweetness of heart which such things bring. She has already written on advent wreaths, the Merry Christmas wars, and how the perception of Divine Love can be lost with too great an addiction to anything, even blogging.

So welcome back, Anchoress. May St. Francis Xavier, whose day is this Saturday intercede for you that you may carry the inner results of this Advent with you to the end of all journeys.


Anonymous The Anchoress said...

Nice post, Joe - like the graphic, too - a balm to my weary heart! :-)

7:38 PM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

"Unfortunately she really is back, which means she can whip out three or four posts in the time it takes me simply to get to the grocery store and back."

Couldn't agree with you more Jo! Incredible...But then she is INCREDIBLE. I love her dearly.

I got so engrossed in the comments section of the last post I still haven't surfaced and been able to produce even one since. A reader of mine wrote an email to say that it's sort of like reading a book, (the last open thread comments section) and I love it.

I guess we are not going to get the Buddhist point of view. Come on Jo, we've got the Jewish aspect straight from a Professor in Israel....

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