2 Good Reads; "The Greatest Gift for All" and "


Christianity’s emphasis on the worth of the individual makes such power as Lenin claimed unthinkable. Be we religious or be we not, our celebration of Christ’s birthday celebrates a religion that made us masters of our souls and of our political life on Earth. Such a religion as this is worth holding on to even by atheists.   Excerpt from Paul Craig Roberts, a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal     http://www.infowars.com/the-greatest-gift-for-all/



by Henry Makow Ph.D.

I complimented the supermarket cashier on the Christmas carols on the P.A. The store is owned by a Lebanese family.

“You’re Muslim, and I’m Jewish, yet supposedly it’s for us that they downplay Christmas and make it a generic ‘holiday.’………………. 

…………………………….Christmas used to be a religious festival. It commemorated Christ’s birth.

Christ preached that God is Love — love your neighbor as yourself. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Those eleven words
are all we need to govern our conduct.

Christmas was a time of good will, good cheer and giving. It was a spiritual occasion.

They’re eliminating this out of respect for Jews and Muslims?

That’s just the “excuse.” Who would object to brotherly love?

I’ll tell you who. The world is run by a satanic cult, the Illuminati. They object.

They have often acknowledged that Christianity is (or was) a major obstacle to Illuminati tyranny and the further enslavement of mankind. This is the real reason Christmas is being eliminated.   Excerpted from;   “Chanukah Doesn’t Cut It” from Henry MaKow.    http://www.henrymakow.com/chanukah_doesnt_cut_it.html  


Tuscumbia, Alabama Elementary Refuses to Censor "Silent Night"


Good for Alabama! Merry Christmas!

By Todd Starnes/TWITTER

A group of five, six and seven-year old children will be able to sing ‘Silent Night’ in their Christmas program after Alabama school officials decided to ignore a complaint filed by a group that called the song “unconstitutional.”

The news came as a relief to students and teachers at G.W. Trenholm Primary School in Tuscumbia, AL after they found themselves thrust into the war on Christmas.

“We’ve always sung ‘Silent Night’ and we’ve never had a problem,” Principal Janice Jackson told Fox News & Commentary. “We were just surprised, very surprised.”

Jackson said she received a letter from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State asking them to drop the song from their annual Christmas pageant.

“As a Christian minister, I love the hymn ‘Silent Night, Holy Night,’ but it’s not appropriate in this circumstance,” said Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United in a statement to Fox News & Commentary. “This play takes place at a public elementary school and involves very young children.” End Excerpt. Read entire article here.

These people could have caved in to pressure to attenuate their freedom of expression, but in this instance they stood up for their rights and wonder of wonders…….they won!

Every day, every day, every day we must be vigilant to the irrational attacks upon our freedoms.

The guitar chords and lyrics for ‘Silent Night’:   
Silent night, holy night
All is calm, All is bright
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child
Holy Infant so Tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.


How Much Is "A Goodly Amount"?

Phrases are rich in communicative powers.

I do love old phrases that I heard in my childhood from my grandmother and grandfather, their parents, and aunts and uncles.  Their system of measurements are especially dear to my understanding of the values of things.

I miss these nuanced usages in today’s abbreviated communications.

Just the other day I had occasion to see what reaction a phrase would elicit from my teenagers.  

My hands were busy dipping chicken in buttermilk and then dredging it in flour for the dutchoven deep fryer. I could see that I was going to run out of flour yet could not spare the time to rinse my hands to refill the flouring plate while three thighs were already candescent in the roiling olive oil.

 “Give me a goodly amount of flour, please,” I requested peering into the fryer for a moment then when I returned my gaze upon the flour dish and saw an overflowing pile upon it. I laughed and told them, “Well, that’s a bit more than a goodly amount.

We all had a good chuckle about it and I told them the story of learning how much “a goodly amount” is from my grandmother’s kitchen. I thought a moment when they asked just exactly how much it is and I came up with this explanation, “I guess it’s proportionate to the size of the dish, it would probably be somewhere between more than a couple of tablespoons and less than a cup.” More laughter and acknowledgement that cooking fried chicken is an artistic endeavour that is hard to communicate with standard measurements and formulas.

Link to great, but not my fried chicken, with photos if you want to see some ambrosia.

The phraseology of old requires intimacy and attention to personal and specific instances and situations. It is  ripe with inclusion into the art of communication and has “a goodly amount” of agreement upon meaning and values.


Definition of GOODLY    good·ly adj \ˈgu̇d-lē\   good·li·er    good·li·est
1   pleasantly attractive
2   significantly large : considerable <a goodly number>

Examples of GOODLY
<$10,000 is a goodly reward to offer for a missing wedding ring>
<a goodly number of people gathered to watch the spectacle>

First Known Use of GOODLY
before 12th century


adjective considerable, large, significant, substantial, tidy (informal), ample, sizable or sizeable He spent a goodly part of his life in America.

Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
goodly  A goodly amount or part of something is a fairly large amount or part of it, often more than was expected.  English Collins Dictionary 


Here are some random unrelated gems I found from searching the phrase,
“a goodly amount”

Peaches and health

Peaches contain a goodly amount of potassium and also contain vitamins C and A. They have diuretic and laxative properties, aid in the stimulation of digestive juices, and add color to the complexion. Peach leaf tea destroys worms.


Very interesting side trail, now we know some of what is in those FedEx trucks and why they’re sporting hazardous materials placards!

When it comes to plasmid DNA, it is relatively straightforward for a researcher to make copies from a tiny, forensic amount of the original. Because of this, it’s become trendy in recent years to send out DNA, not in a goodly amount in a tube, but as spots dried onto a piece of filter paper. This spot can be rehydrated and zapped into E. coli bacteria, which will create copies of the plasmid which you can then liberate from the bugs in large quantities………………And so it was that the Fedex package arrived. And I knew immediately how the DNA had been sent — the package was flat as a pancake. I fondled it optimistically, but there was definitely no tube in there, not even one of those weeny PCR-sized tubes.

Ah well, I thought philosophically as I roused the bugs from their dormant sleep in the -70 freezer. It’s definitely possible to be too greedy. The lab in question probably sends out hundreds of plasmids a week, and it’s just not practical to feed the five thousand. In fact, the post-doc was doing me a favor: I have way too much on on Monday, and another experiment probably would have tipped the balance.

Besides, I like bacterial work: it reminds me of my lost youth as a bona fide microbiologist.

So let’s hear it for the kindness of strangers, something that definitely makes the scientific world go round.

( from http://blogs.lablit.com/
Hummmm, reminds me of Michael Crichton whose writing shares so many fascinating scientific details in fiction. Seems a casual thoughtful blog from research person point of view.
Isn’t that an amazing search-rabbit trail find?)

This from BlogCritics.org ;

Book Review: Silver – My Own Tale As Written by Me with a Goodly Amount of Murder by Edward Chupack


This link;

a GOODLY amount of links to house church resources and organizations, both USA and UK.

lead me to review one of my favourite Missionaries to China, Gladys Aylward. http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/73.html  from James E. Keifer’s Biographies http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/bioalpha.html  of Christians. Further taking me to Church History from AD 33 through The Reformation http://www.ccel.org/ccel/robertson/history.html  and finally I ended up going to the movie of Gladys Aylward’s life The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)
 158 min – Biography | Drama | War – 19 December 1958 (West Germany) starring Ingrid Bergman, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051776/   I have enjoyed this movie several times before, it  is long but very beautiful and meaningful.
I read the book beforehand, it is well worthwhile.  1957, Alan Burgess wrote a book about her, The Small Woman. When Newsweek magazine reviewed the movie, and summarized the plot, a reader, supposing the story to be fiction, wrote in to say, “In order for a movie to be good, the story should be believable!” Miss Gladys Aylward, the Small Woman, Ai-weh-deh, died 3 January 1970.


(By now I am far afield from my search phrase;)
“a goodly amount” 


Ok, this is just too much! Now I have been lead to;
Sailing adventures in the first Light Trow—a homebuilt, 15ft 6”, ply and epoxy, yawl rigged, sail and row day-boat named Onawind Blue

First I fried some prawns with a goodly amount of garlic and chilli, then I set them aside while I added a goodly amount of white wine to the pot along with the fish stock and a few handfuls of rice.

I ate the prawns while the broth simmered then added the mussels and a goodly amount of parsley.


And finally to wrap up this post, a dessert;

 Wanting a bit more willpower? Try a bite of chocolate…
November 10, 2011 Dr. Charlie Brown, Health and Fitness, Mental Toughness    It also turns out that will power requires a goodly amount of energy, primarily in the form of glucose……….. the “HALT principle”….is a reminder to never get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. Modern brain imaging research validates the HALT principle. If you are hungry and struggling with will power, a bite of something sweet may provide the sugar boost that you need to sustain self control (just make certain is is only a bite!)………………………….

My suggested form of glucose is a Belgian Cocoa Dusted Truffle or two, eaten very slowly. That’s a goodly amount of those richly satisfying treats to make anyone feel pretty happy.