If God is made gloriously manifest in nature, then what the hell have we been doing?

LAPL, 1963

Existential: of, or relating to, human existence…our red-hot word for a Sunday…

I know a lot of you come to this site for something uplifting, seasonal, or revealing about Hollywood history. Yet, I find it increasingly difficult to be upbeat when friends across the state are caught up in a catastrophe.

What’s been going on in California is a tragedy, and because of venal, greedy, stupid, short sighted leadership our world is in peril. Our governor, a scholar and a man of integrity who fits nothing of the prior description, had this to say on viewing the Thomas Fire that decimated Ventura.

“This is the new normal,” he said. “We’re about ready to have firefighting at Christmas. This is very odd and unusual.”

Speaking to CBS 60 Minutes in an interview scheduled to be broadcast on Sunday night, the governor said Trump was wrong to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement and misguided for calling it a bad deal for America.

“That’s a preposterous idea, not even a shred of truth in that statement,” he said. “I don’t think President Trump has a fear of the Lord, the fear of the wrath of God, which leads one to more humility, and this is such a reckless disregard for the truth and for the existential consequences that can be unleashed.”

Via: The Guardian

  • I was walking with a neighbor the other morning, and he said he wasn’t religious anymore (he’s approaching 90) then he gestured around him and said, “This is my church.” I am taking his words to heart. xox

    • I have just finished reading a memoir by a New Zealander who is now 95 and is a Catholic Nun. She said much the same thing. Her first church was her environment and her community, and to a certain extent it still is. It was very refreshing to read that last night and to read your comment this afternoon.

  • We usually don’t get fires in December. Climate change is making the weather cycle more extreme, and if this is what the future holds it’s frightening. My house is to the east of the worst of it so we have been spared. A friend stayed at his place of business with some intrepid souls and his sons, they put on gas masks and had fire hoses and they saved the business, and the horses from a stable nearby. Other friends have been evacuated from their homes. I pray tomorrow brings containment and no wind.


From Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits:

Lord, teach me to be generous.

Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost;
to fight and not to heed the wounds;
to toil and not to seek for rest;
to labor and not to ask for reward
save that of knowing that I do your will.





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