Sunday, December 23, 2012

No work on Christmas? Bah humbug!

It's Norman Rockwell's fault.

Yesterday, I was chatting with a nurse practitioner about the upcoming holidays, and she said rather proudly that she would be working in the emergency room at Tucson Medical Center on Christmas day just as she had done the last 20 years.

Her comment stood out in sharp contrast to the sappy sentiments that I often hear about how horrible it is that people have to work on holidays. Well, actually not all holidays come under fire. It's usually only Thanksgiving and Christmas that conjure up the farcical and romanticized renderings of so-called American life that Norman Rockwell became so famous for.

And that's why I blame him.

Even Charles Dickens, champion of the working class, who penned A Christmas Carol in 1843 depicted the hustle and bustle of buying and selling on Christmas Day. The large goose that Ebeneezer Scrooge bought for the family of Bob Cratchit was both bought and delivered on Christmas Day. In fact Dickens made it very clear that buying and selling was part of what made Christmas a special day.

Thankfully, many people don't buy into this "no work" on holidays nonsense. Fire fighters, police officers, EMTs, utility workers, ranchers, IT specialists (to keep all of those servers running so you can continue to like your friends' Facebook posts...) broadcast workers, farmers, etc. all work on Christmas so our lives peacefully go on uninterrupted.

The next time you hear someone squawk about how no one should have to work on Christmas day, remind them how very fortunate we are that not everyone shares those beliefs.
Photo credit: Merry Christmas Grandma. We came in our new Chevy. Norman Rockwell
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Saturday, December 15, 2012

The slaughter of children

There are some who subscribe to the Christian faith who will haughtily raise their noses and declare this senseless slaughter of so many children in Newtown, CT as proof that evil is is escalating, and clearly we are in the "end times." But horrific evil doesn't have a monopoly on the 21st century.

To give just one example, biblical and other corroborating historical records document that over two thousand years ago another mad man slaughtered innocent children.

"Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked by the wise men, was exceedingly angry, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the region thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men." Matthew 2:16.

Herod wasn't a by-product of depersonalized social media, semi-automatic weapons, or violent video games. He had babies slaughtered by knife and sword because he feared a prophecy that foretold of a king who would one day claim his kingdom.

That qualifies him as a wacko, and he's a reminder that there has always been evil--even abhorrent evil.

Those of us who represent truth, self-discipline, compassion, and integrity should not be fearful and isolate ourselves. Instead, we should take a stand against evil. If not us, then who?
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Monday, December 10, 2012