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Cream of the Cool

"If we love God while thinking that he does not exist, he will manifest his existence." 

(Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace)

Simone Weil's writings on religion are beautiful and unforgivingly complex. Though she often rejected the hypocrisy of the institution of the Roman Catholic Church, her writings reflect a clear devotion to the teachings of Christianity.…

"You will be haunted," resumed the Ghost, "by Three Spirits."
--Marley's Ghost

A year ago, I contacted a childhood friend and pondered calling another. The person I'd called I'd been in touch with, sporadically, before and since. The other I've not seen since a Christmas somewhere in the 1990s. He'd crossed paths with my mother, at church, I think, and she told him I was in town for the holidays. He knocked on my door like when we…

"To Our Children's Children's Children" is a 1969 concept album by British progressive rock group The Moody Blues. Inspired by the Moon Landing, it was, as the title suggests, a concept album about space travel and the future. This is augmented by the album cover, a cave painting-style drawing of a soldier, and starts with the first track of the album, describing a rocket lift-off.

The milieu of this album, in broad strokes, is a familiar story. What was called…

In the British military, Sunray was the radio code (technically the Appointment Title) used to refer to the boss -- the OC or unit leader. The second-in-command is Sunray Minor; if clarification is needed, the first-in-command maybe referred to as Sunray Major.

Sunray is complimented by Moonbeam, the Chief of Staff. While the titles were not especially sky-themed, they also included Starlight for medical, and Skypilot for…