Holiday Recess

We’re in the midst of the holiday season–Chanukah is behind us, Christmas is today, Kwanzaa begins tomorrow, and New Year’s is coming…

I know it doesn’t feel very “joyous” these days.

That said, I hope everyone who follows this blog has a holiday filled with family and/or friends, good food and drink, and much love and laughter.

The challenges we face aren’t going anywhere; they’ll still be here tomorrow.

And so will I…..

Enjoy the day.


  1. Thank you for consistently shining a light on the dimmest recesses of our political condition. May you and your family enjoy good health and contentment in the coming year.

  2. Yours is the best blog with the best participants I’ve seen. I hope your holiday season is joyous. Thanks for your kind, good wishes.

  3. You deserve a day off ( or a couple weeks) . Thanks for your continued efforts to inform & educate

  4. I know you’re Jewish but Maayong Pasko anyways. I’m certain you;ll receive it in the spirit in which it is given. BTW, the attempted coup on Jan 6th was the proverbial straw on the camel’s back for me. I’m remodeling my Kitchen and putting my house on the market and leaving the US. I’m flying to Manila on Jan 31st to marry my fiancee and will be living on Mindanao Philippines, Dipolog to be specific. It’s sad that I find it necessary to do so, but I fear for the longevity of democracy in the US. I can obtain a retiree visa and live so much cheaper there it is virtually unbelievable. I’ve also met the most fantastic Filipina one could imagine. My #1 criteria was educated as I have my doctorate and want to be able to hold intelligent conversations with my partner. Well she only has her thesis to complete and she will have her Masters degree in English. The fact she is absolutely beautiful only adds to her desirability. Her equally attractive daughter is already referring to me as “Dad” which further enhances the situation. She is also educated and has her BA in psychology and graduated Magna Cum Laude. I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life.

  5. May your New Year be blessed with joy and good governance. Happy Holidays to you and all your commentors.

  6. We’re alone again this Christmas and didn’t travel for our 15th anniversary because of covid. I’m really angry about it as we really needed a break from 2021. I’m in survival mode until further notice. My optimist self hopes for a better 2022.

    Happy holidays to all of you.

  7. Thank you for bringing history and, yes, hope to difficult discussions in difficult times. You’re a mainstay for me and many others. Don’t know how you do it, but I’m grateful. Happy holidays and happy new year to you and yours.

  8. Sheila, I am always glad to read what you and your readers write. Like others, I decry and did pair the deaths from COVID, climate change, poverty, etc. Ad nauseemos. But, I haven’t lost hope for the Democratic experiment in these “United States.” And it’s quiet mornings like this Christmas Day, where I have my windows open to hear the rain, that I feel as tho I am resting. I’m resting from the seasonal obligations, and resting my spirit by being quiet and probably not even getting dressed. My grandmother click chimes 9:00 am, and I’m going for another cup of tea. My wish for you and yours is that you are finding your kind of rest, will be refreshed, then continue with the work our generation is called to.

  9. Apologies for the many spelling errors! Egad. My grandmother clock chimes, and the list of woes is ad nauseum. Fat finger syndrome and failure to proof….

  10. I appreciate your sharing your limited time to raise issues and the level of discussion on those issues. I so admire your being able to write on your blog every day. I struggle to find the time. Happy holidays.

  11. As stated by so many, Sheila, your time and effort in maintaining this blog are truly appreciated! I may not agree with certain comments posted by participants, but value all sincere contributions of ideas which lead us to see different perspectives.
    Happy Holidays to all who participate!

  12. Thank you so much for producing this blog daily. I so appreciate it and all who comment. Peace to all.

  13. Wish I could write like Sheila; she says it all and says it well. Merry and Happy to all. Let’s be careful out there.

  14. Sheila, I join others today to wish you peace and goodwill. You are the consummate professor respected with affection who provokes debate on timely issues. Press on … 2022!

  15. thanks all for the insights,comments and educated to the facts..that alone is relief from the norms of today..

  16. I’m glad you will be here tomorrow.

    Wishing you a Happy New Year!

    Central, South Carolina

  17. Happy Holidays to all who contribute to this blog, however the celebration of the particular holiday. Sheila’s daily and diverse insights and the responses thereto constitute a public service and one necessary in this age of propaganda that would make Goebbels blush. A Happy and Informed New Year to all!

  18. Just another day!
    What’s so special about the holiday season? People get geeked up, and then depressed, After the holidays, The suicide rate rises. Today the holidays are phony, they’re capitalistic secularist celebrations with No connection to true theocratic dogma.

    The eight-day festival of dedication known as Hanukkah. This rededication of the temple was a very joyous celebration which started (165 BCE) during the time Judas was still fighting the Syrians. At John 10:22-23, later on, We can read that Jesus Christ was actually Walking in the Temple Colonnade of Solomon during the celebration.

    The only celebration we are commanded through the end of the scriptures partake in, is referred to as the Lord’s evening meal. It took place on niacin 14 the day the Passover is celebrated. Mark 14: 14 – 16 Matthew states; “As they continued eating, Jesus took a loaf and, after saying a blessing, he broke it and, giving it to the disciples, he said , take, eat. This means my body. Also he took a cup, Having given thanks to them, saying: drink out of it all of you for this means my blood of the covenant which is to be poured out in behalf of many for forgiveness of sins. But I tell you by no means drink henceforth any of this product of the vine until that day When I drink it new with you in the kingdom of my father. Finally after singing praises, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

    Of course the Catholics have the Eucharist Which they believe that the wine and wafer Turn into actual blood and flesh, lol!

    The law of Moses or the Mosaic law Forbade The eating of blood. Leviticus 17:13, 14 as did the Christian law, At Acts 15:28, 29; 21: 25.

    Even the original early church Forbade The eating of blood. Unfortunately The early church dogma changed later on. And obviously, they find no issue with eating blood as stated in the Eucharist.

    Christmas and Easter are more pagan than what the church claims they are. Mainly the dates That were chosen matched the dates of pagan holidays so they could lure pagans into the church. So, there you go, phony bologna.

    So, this time of year, everyone Comes together and celebrates lies! Does anyone really believe God’s spirit Would be upon Any of these celebrations? How many Jews actually celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah? I find that hard to even remotely fathom For obvious reasons.

    Love God, love your neighbor as yourselves, and love your enemies! We are to hate evil not people, Matthew 5:43-48 is a must read concerning this. Also read Psalm 119: 97 – 105, a definite must read. So is Exodus 23: 4-5 and Proverbs 25:21

    James 2:15 – 17 reads:go be warm and well fed when they cannot accomplish that on their own, You are not doing good. Also a very good read is 1st Timothy 5:3-5.

    Folks wait till this time of year to try and absolve themselves of their sins and their evil doings so to speak. They tried to show love, spread it around, But it really is not sincere. You might not get your throat slit on the holiday, but Watch out afterwards. Any good deeds One might feel obligated to do on the holiday, does not erase The hypocrisy and faux piety, engaged in the rest of the year.

  19. My best wishes to you, Sheila, and all who “meet” here!
    Talk about optimism, the James Webb Space Telescope got off to a beautiful start, this morning!

  20. Happy holidays Sheila and to all your fans. Cheers to those who’ve been vaccinated, who’ve had their booster shot, who wear masks, socially distance, wash their hands WELL, and self-quarantine due to suspected exposure. Here’s wishing everyone a healthy new year where we can put COVID in the rear view mirror.

  21. Dear Sheila —
    Best wishes for the coming New Year to you and yours. I so enjoy reading the blog everyday. Thanks for informing my understanding of the world.

  22. Thank you, Sheila, for your unflagging intellect and willingness to share it. It means a lot in a world that seems to be preoccupied with the spread of lies and absurdities as truth. Thank you.

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