Christmas ... You're doing it wrong! At least, you're starting WAY too early. December 25 is the BEGINNING of the Christmas season. For 4 Sundays prior to that, you should be observing the season of Advent, which is a season of fasting, similar to Lent. Advent has been observed in the Christian Church since the 4th Century.
But everyone wants to skip Advent, and go directly to Christmas. I heard Christmas music on the radio this year, 4 days before Halloween. That is ridiculous. Trust me, Christmas is much more meaningful and profound if you observe the 4 weeks of Advent leading up to it.
To illustrate my point, I've taken a drag racing "Christmas Tree" (which is what drag racers call the timing lights at the starting line) and turned it into an "Advent Tree". The 3rd set of bulbs is rose-coloured for Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
You'd think I would have picked up on the fact of her death, since it was all over the internet. But it caught me by surprise today. I was Googling for images of Bob Dylan's old girlfriend, Suze Rotolo, and every image I found ended up being linked to an obituary of hers.
I was impressed with her appearances in No Direction Home, for a variety of reasons. But I had not thought a lot about her since first seeing that. And now, she is gone. Here are links to a handful of the obituary articles.