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Tacky Nativity Scenes 3: Electric Boogaloo

Tacky Nativity Scenes 3: Electric Boogaloo

Hey, everybody! It’s the last day of Kistchmas, so let’s play Holiday Mashup! Here’s how it works: You take the Nativity story and something else that’s nothing at all like the Nativity story, and you put them together and see what you get! Ready? Go!   The prophets fortell the chosen one Who makes my […]

Tacky Nativity Scenes 2: The Kitsch that Stole Christmas

Tacky Nativity Scenes 2: The Kitsch that Stole Christmas

Welcome back to our annual celebration of Kitschmas! Today’s theme is: Nativity scenes made of things that should not be used to make Nativity scenes. Brace yourselves….   You never sausage a nativity! It’s made of bacon, yet it’s still in bad taste! (Sorry. I know that jokes that bad aren’t kosher.)   What child […]

Tacky Nativity Scenes: The Squeaquel

Tacky Nativity Scenes: The Squeaquel

A year or two ago at Kitschmastime, inspired by the Crescat, I delved into the world of tacky nativity scenes. I don’t know what I was thinking. But, like all bad ideas whose time has come, it turned out there was far too much material to use in one year. So, speaking of bad ideas, […]

Poetry: Harry Potter and the Evocative Epitaphs

Poetry: Harry Potter and the Evocative Epitaphs

Among the many All Hallows’ Eve festivities at The Hog’s Head (which you ought to visit if you haven’t) was a friendly competition to come up with poetic epitaphs for characters from the Harry Potter series. There were lots of really good entries, both original and re-appropriated, some entertaining and some very moving. I contributed a few trifles […]

Calvin and Hobbes, Revisited

Calvin and Hobbes, Revisited

This just in from the Department of Really Awesome Things that Made My Day: Yes, kids: it’s the heartwarming adventures of mischievous little John Calvin and his possibly imaginary sidekick Thomas Hobbes. Imaginary because he might not have been born for another century or so, but who cares, this is fantastic. (Fun fact: Bill Watterson […]

Recommended Reading: Worship and Spiritual Abuse (again)

Recommended Reading: Worship and Spiritual Abuse (again)

Yes, they’re my two favorite subjects to write about, apparently, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that I like to read about them. Here are some good things I’ve found lately on the subjects of worship and spiritual abuse, and (in one case) both together: Things that Will Make You Think: Songwriter Matt Blick (whose Beatles […]

Playing The Melodica: We Will Do More Better!

Playing The Melodica: We Will Do More Better!

For everyone who’s seen me play with Thornfield, there’s an inevitable recurring question after each show: “What in the world is that thing?”   <— (me)   <— (that thing)         The somewhat anticlimactic answer is that it’s a Melodica. It’s not exactly the most common instrument in the world, though a […]

Modern Medicine (The Doctor Song): Rare Video!

Modern Medicine (The Doctor Song): Rare Video!

Here’s a little treat for those who enjoy the sillier side of my music. “The Doctor Song” was composed many years ago and has often provoked laughter from unsuspecting audiences, but some have denied its existence since there was no recorded proof of it. Last weekend at a party for artists at a friend’s house […]

Return of the Christian Album Covers!

Return of the Christian Album Covers!

Just when you thought it was safe to go to the thrift store…. They’re back!  Yes, you remember those hilariously horrible old Christian album covers I found in one of my old silly posts? Unbelievably tacky pictures from a bygone era of people who were trying to be really cool, and failing dismally, and thinking they succeeded? […]