Tuesday, December 09, 2014

All those greetings for the holidays? Christ is in EVERY ONE.

Oh good grief.
Yet another screed from a well-meaning but erroneous person who thinks Christ is being disrespected by saying "Seasons Greetings" and "Happy holidays".
Christians! Quit acting like something horrible happens that disrespects Christ when someone says "Seasons Greetings" and "Happy holidays!"
Just stop it! All you display is your own ignorance of your OWN HERITAGE!
When people think they are being all "diverse" and "inclusive" by saying "Seasons Greetings" and "Happy holidays" they ACTUALLY are HONORING Christ--albeit unintentionally.
Because the "Seasons" in question are Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, and the holidays are all those feasts in December through Jan. 6!
So relax! Remove the cob and enjoy the holiday season. Say Merry Christmas as much and wherever you like, and when someone says "Seasons Greetings" or "Happy Holiday" YOU can be sure and secure in the knowledge that even if they don't know it, they have honored Jesus Christ the Son of God. So be gracious and say thank you and wish them a Merry Christmas right back!
That is all.

Friday, October 10, 2014

A Lottle Self-Discipline Is A Good Thing

There's a typo in the title, I know. Bear with me here.

As you can see by the paucity of postings here, I am TERRIBLE at getting my heinie in gear and sitting down and WRITING.

I wander around talking to myself, with countless great and creative ideas spoken to the winds and swept away never to be expanded or utilized, instead of pulling out a pad of paper (or sitting at the computer) and writing the durn things down.

Some self-discipline would be helpful. Some? Pssssh. A LOT!

I suppose the only way to GET it is to DO it. So once again I will resolve to post on a regular basis and I will ask you all to nudge me if I don't say something for a few days.

That is all.


PS. Oh yes, the typo. I was going to fix it, then realized that "Lottle" actually fit what I was going to say. I could use a lottle (not a little) helping of the titular dedication and hard work. Meh, it's not the best joke ever, but I don't claim to be a comdian.

PPS. This is a repost of one I put on my other blog, Hobetus Secretoire (it's about hobbies, with a title in execrable pseudo-Latin). Not much there, but working on it. It's here.

Saturday, October 19, 2013


We have entered the temple.
The candles lit,
The incense rising,
All in the presence
Of saints and Our Lord.
Voices chanting,
Father praying,
Hearts trembling,
Before each other
And the church.
The crowns are placed upon our heads.
"Let my prayer arise
In Thy sight as incense."
Aloft soars Otche Nash
Music so sweet,
Yet not half so sweet
As my gift from the Father,
My beloved.
Rings exchanged
And hands clasped,
We dance Isaiah's dance
Thrice around the table,
And then the common cup.
"Lord have mercy upon us."
Not a word we speak,
For if we did not believe,
If we would not commit,
We would not be here:
Our moment of truth.
God ordains,
The church blesses,
We love,
and are man and wife.
In spite of all
With full faith in God's love
And the love you bear me
Even in the depths of your heart:
"With all that I am
And all that I have
I still honor you."

--Kevin Payne, 20 Oct 2013
commemorating 21 Oct 2012 (and 1989)


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The dangers of conversation

You don't think conversation is dangerous?

Well let me specify by saying *online* conversation is dangerous.

As many of you know, I am right of center in my beliefs and convictions. I believe (and believe history bears me out) that we move forward as a culture and a nation and a world when we act conservatively with a little push of progressivism to keep us on our toes.

But that's not what I'm wanting to talk about.

The fact is I have friends all across the political spectrum, from waaaaay farther right than me, over by the little mustache mirror and the guns around the train timetable (a dollar to whomever figures out those references, especially the second), to waaaaaay over there on the left, somewhere around the moon or possibly the outer planets (same offer as above).

They are my friends and I value both their friendship and their knowledge. We don't have to agree on everything to be friends. Some of them, even most of them, believe the same and act that way towards me and other friends.

But some seem to take offense whenever I say something "conservative". I get lumped into various nasty namecalling epithets and while I have broad shoulders, it does kind of irk me that I will do them the kindness of listening and trying to understand where they are coming from without saying rude things about them, but they won't do the same for me.

Before we go further, I must admit that this happens with people on either side of me, sitting as I am pretty much in the middle of the road. On the other hand, it seems (and I admit it may be just my faulty perception) to be more virulent and spiteful and just downright mean from over to my left. To my right they can be haughty and cruel, but there's  something special (and I don't mean in a good way) from off to my left.

And that's why I say online conversation is dangerous. Because these things always seem to come from online conversations and not from face to face.

I'm gonna name a name--two actually--so be warned.

Two dear friends are Jim and Kirsten Dewey. We are definitely not on the same page politically. Jim and I can get heated discussing some things but we NEVER resport to name calling and we DO listen to each other. But it's always in person. Well, mostly--Kirsten and I interacdt a lot on Facebook but even there, I guess we're all good enough friends that we may grumble at each other but we manage to hold onto the common ground we share (cats! :) ) and not throw things.

Alas, that does not hold true for all my friends, and I don't know how to change it. Or fix it. Maybe it can't be fixed.

In any event, I find myself treading lightly online, most of the time, and I'm not sure whether I'm being honest or not in doing so. My friends certainly have a right to know where I stand on issues of the day if they want to know, but I don't want to give offense and I'm afraid of doing so if I come on too strong. Plus I *hate* arguing because it makes me mad and when I get mad I get loud and obstreperous. And I don't have enough friends that I can  afford to lose even one because I shot of my mouth.

A problem without a solution, I am afraid. Oh I suppose I could just not go online, but we know that's not going to happen.

I suppose I shall simply have to pray about it, and try to express my points with the kind of gentleness I would want shown to myself, and without an assumption of error on the part of my friends.

A quiet night and a peaceful morning to you all, left, right, center, up and down. If you're off at a diagnoal, yeah, you too. :)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Thank you for your patience.

I am rededicating myself to posting more on my blog.

So stick around. Got lots of stuff to discuss at least semi-intelligently.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Forgiveness Sunday

On the Sunday before Great Lent begins, Eastern Orthodox have Forgiveness Sunday. Vespers on this day is centered around seeking forgiveness from our brothers and sisters, as we are enjoined by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Gospel of Matthew: "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift."

Also we begin to pray the traditional Orthodox Christian prayer for Lent, the Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian:

Lord and Master of my life!
Take from me the spirit of sloth,
despair, lust of power, and idle talk.
... But give rather the spirit of chastity,
humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.
... Yea, O my Lord and King!
Grant me to see my own errors
and not to judge my brother,
for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.

Read more about Forgiveness Sunday here: http://orthodoxwiki.org/Forgiveness_Sunday

Read more about the prayer here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayer_of_Saint_Ephrem

May your Lenten journey be spritually profitable and bring you closer to God.

Kevin Nikolai

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Congrats to the Quincy Notre Dame Lady Raiders

Ending an incredible winning season with a record of 33-1, the QND girls basketball team on Saturday down Breese Central 62-31 to win the Illinois Class 2A State Championship.

I had the privilege of producing most of their games in the post-season for broadcast on WTAD AM 930. Thank you, and congratulations to you all for great play and sportsmanship of the highest caliber.

That's two state titles in a row for the QND girls, and it looks like they have a good chance of doing it again next year with many of the teams' members returning.

How cool will that be?

May God bless you all!

Kevin Nikolai