Author Archives: fairlyspiritual

December 20

Thematic Bible Reading Plan by Craig DesJardins (2017)

Every year I post an updated thematic Bible reading plan prepared by Craig Desjardins and printed with his permission. This reading plan is a fresh and exciting way to read your way through the Bible. Please feel free to share with your friends and congregation. 2017-single-sheet 2017-bible-reading-calendar

December 02

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Mixtape: A Confluence of Genius

Yesterday, Lin-Manuel Miranda once again introduced something thoroughly unique to the world. The full Hamilton Mixtape finally dropped last night and like pretty much everything else Lin-Manuel touches, this Hamilton Musical inspired multiple song release exists in a world all its own. Miranda has done more than gather big named musicians to croon covers from […]

December 02

A Review of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Musical (The 5th Avenue Theatre Touring Production)

When I first heard The 5th Avenue Theatre was mounting a production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, I prepared myself to write a somewhat cynical and sarcastic review lamenting the Disneyfication of musical theater. However, after watching The Little Mermaid’s opening night preview, I am reluctantly unable to do much more than just praise the […]

October 04

Where My Art Comes From

July 25

Is The Jim Gaffigan Show Too Mean to Jim Gaffigan?

I’m a big fan of Jim Gaffigan and a faithful viewer of The Jim Gaffigan Show. The show is in its second season on TV LAND during a time slot that is unbeknownst to this avid DVR aficionado. I think it airs sometime on Sundays following reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond while preceding reruns of […]

July 11

Carried

[I wrote this poem a couple years ago…rediscovered it today. I still really like it.] Carried by Doug Bursch Today I’ve been feeling sad, heart heavy, soul weary.  I presume I could find a reason for the feelings, but it seems to me that the feeling arrived before I could ascribe to it cause. Some […]

July 07

Anger and Racial Injustice

A systematically unjust world will produce perpetually angry people. Anger flows from a lack of control, power and value. When we are powerless, devalued and controlled by societal injustices, anger is the appropriate response. In fact, it would be wrong to tell systematically sinned against people to relinquish their anger. Anger is a natural, logical […]