Avoiding St. Nicholas


Finally some of my articles are finally seeing the light of day – the latest being this piece coming out in Sunday’s Washington Post magazine. The story is about all the folks who took the Huffington Post buses down to the Stewart/Colbert “sanity rally” on Oct. 30 and ended up getting there so late, they missed most of it.

A week ago, this piece came out in the Economist along with a nice photo.
On the home front, the other photo shows my reluctant child at a St. Nicholas Day brunch. She was clearly overwhelmed by this huge person in a miter and red suit and beard and refused to sit on his lap or either look at him. When I snapped this, she was about to let out a protesting screech. So much for all the money I shelled out for that event. Actually it was a cheapy brunch; it was in a local historic mansion but we got food on paper plates; the waffles were from some store-bought package and the goody bags the kids got were minimal. A day later I took her to an exhibit of cool gingerbread houses which she liked a lot better.
Things are finally percolating on the job front. Can’t reveal what’s up but there’s some movement after all these long months. In fact today I was presented with two opportunities; the latter which showed up in my in-box later this afternoon. I spent part of my day exploring the other of these opportunities plus giving a lecture on the history of the Episcopal charismatic renewal to a class at Virginia Theological Seminary. Fortunately I’d kept a lot of old magazines, photos and conference brochures from the 1970s, ie the first Anglican charismatic event in 1978 in Canterbury, England. I passed a lot of stuff around the class show-and-tell style. One person who came to listen was Mark Dyer, the former Episcopal bishop of Bethlehem, Pa., with whom I compared notes about why so many of the communities went off the theological tracks.
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2 Responses to Avoiding St. Nicholas

  1. Steve says:

    Julia:

    I read your WP mag article today. Great stuff. I listened to the event on C-SPAN radio while I was out and about that day and was amazed at how shallow and silly it was. Thank you for your Christian and pro-life witness in the article. I'm sure the Post will get some heat for printing it, but you give courage to others who may be reluctant to speak up.

    Steve Coleman

  2. Julie says:

    Congratulations! So happy for you about the job news!