Monthly Archives: December 2014

The End of 2014

(Not to be confused with “2014 in Review”)

Here we are, marking the end of another year. I don’t know about you, but I had fun this year–going to see the touring production of The Phantom of the Opera, watching Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who debut on the big screen, building my own violin–yep, I’d say 2014 was a pretty good year all around.

That’s not to say I’m not looking forward to 2015. Oh, no, we’ve got lots to look forward to–Star Wars Episode VII (which, despite my misgivings, I am excited for), even more Doctor Who, a potential Sherlock Christmas special–yep, 2015 should be pretty good, too.

Before I say adieu for this year, I’d like to share the Saint’s Name Generator. It’s a program that randomly (Divinely-inspired randomness, I suspect, because I usually seem to find a saint who’s pertinent to my situation) generates a saint’s name for you and provides you with a brief history of that saint. You can use it to choose a patron saint for the year or just to learn about a new saint in general; it’s all up to you, really. You can find it here:

See you in 2015!


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2014 in Review

This made its way into my inbox, and I decided to share it with you all because each and every one of you contributes to the success of this blog. So thanks!

Some of the stats surprised me–5,800 views!–while others disappointed me a little–only 66 new posts this year? I’ll have to do better next year…though I suppose 66 isn’t a bad number.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,800 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Reacting to “Last Christmas” *Spoilers*

First of all, let me apologize for not posting this sooner. You see, I got books for Christmas. And I’m on my Christmas break. This means I had nothing to stop me from going into full-blown bibliopire mode (bibliopires, in case you are unaware, are like vampires, but instead of feasting upon humans, bibliopires latch onto books and drain them dry. I unashamedly admit that I invented this term, or at least I’ve never heard anyone else use it, so I’m claiming credit for it). However, I have managed to put the books down for a little bit in order to provide you with a review for the 2014 Doctor Who Christmas special, “Last Christmas”.

Where to begin, where to begin? I’ve seen it compared to Inception, but that falls a bit short of describing the whole dreams-within-dreams-within-dreams-within-even-more-dreams scenario that played out over the course of an hour. Also, Inception did not have giant disembodied hands that grabbed your face and put you in a coma while it slowly ate your brain. Man, does Moffat know how to write a cheery Christmas episode, or what?

To be fair, though, Moffat wasn’t entirely cruel to the fans this year. He packed in so many twists and turns and ups and downs that it came close to matching the emotional roller coaster that was last year’s “The Time of the Doctor”–it didn’t quite match it, though; it’s hard to rival the emotional intensity of a regeneration episode–but he didn’t let us down; he gave it a happy ending!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Clara will be back aboard the TARDIS for season 9 next year. I know Clara isn’t necessarily popular with the fans, but I still call it a happy ending because of the Doctor’s joy. Twelve has been more grumpy than his predecessors, but for the Christmas special, we got to see him smile and laugh…and the way his face lit up when Clara said she would come back was priceless.

Speaking of which, I must say that I really do love the chemistry between Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman. Twelve and Clara are the best Doctor/companion duo we’ve seen since Ten and Donna, and I look forward to many more seasons with the two of them.


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Getting Ready for Santa Claus

Santa Claus is scheduled to leave the North Pole tomorrow night and deliver toys to all the children of the world. But do you really know Santa? Really? The Red Green Show suggests that there may be more to Santa than meets the eye…and maybe he’s more real than we think.

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A Reflection on Christmas Lights

Ready or not, Christmas is this week. The people in my neighborhood are certainly ready; lights and decorations are proudly displayed, and you can tell a lot of love went into the decorating process. Granted, a few people may have gotten too enthusiastic, but they still meant well.

Surveying all the lights whenever I’ve had to go somewhere at night, though, got me thinking–and when I think, a post here usually follows. The contrast of the brightly colored lights shining out in the darkness reminded me in a roundabout way about how Christ is the Light of the world, the Light that shines in the Darkness (and the Darkness did not comprehend it). December can be a dark, cold, dreary month, but the lights with which we festoon our houses at Christmas bring us happiness and hope and help to push back the dark just a little bit. So, too, does Christ shine out in the darkness of the world and our lives, bringing us hope and showing us a path that leads out of the darkness. So stringing Christmas lights seems appropriate when you think about it; the lights we put on display are a reminder of the Light that came into the world.

“Gee, Emerald,” you’re probably thinking, “how do you manage to turn such seemingly random things into a reference to Catholicism?” The answer: half the time I don’t know where I come up with this stuff. But I do a lot of thinking, and stuff pops into my head, and if I think it’s coherent enough, I’ll post it on here.

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The Final Countdown to Christmas

Well, Christmas is next week–next week, people! Honestly, how did that happen? When I was younger, the wait for Christmas seemed forever, and now it’s just next week. I’m not ready to give up my Advent penances; I’m enjoying this!

Ahem. If you’re like me and having some trouble quite grasping that Christmas is so close, then perhaps some early Christmas cheer in the form of “Reno erat Rudolphus” is just what you need. What is “Reno erat Rudolphus”, you ask? Well, it’s kind of hard to explain; just watch the video. It should become obvious as the song progresses; I don’t want to give it away. 😉

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Reacting to the “Once Upon a Time” Winter Finale *Obviously Spoilers*

Not sure how coherent this is going to be, but here goes:

I’m glad to see the Frozen storyline is finally over. Although the OUaT versions of Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff did grow on me, I was skeptical of introducing such a recent release into the pantheon of established classics. Also, I wasn’t completely sold on Ingrid’s motive for casting the Spell of Shattered Sight in the first place. Yes, I know love is an important role in the show, but it would be nice to have a variation on motives for Evil Schemes of Evilness once in awhile!

Fortunately, Rumpelstiltskin is never short on motives–even though his plans cost him dearly this time. It was fascinating to see him revert to his villainous tendencies despite the knowledge that this couldn’t end well…and it didn’t. I knew things would not be pretty when Belle found out he’d been lying the entire time, but that scene was completely unexpected (if you’ve seen the episode, you’ll know exactly what I mean. If you haven’t, I’m not about to spoil it).

I’m not particularly anxious about the March premiere mainly because I already know Rumple will find his way back, but I’m definitely intrigued with this whole Author scenario. More and more I’m beginning to suspect that the Sorcerer and the Author are one and the same. And maybe–just maybe–we’ll get a halfway decent explanation for how and why Ursula is in New York City…or how and why Maleficent is back when Emma killed her in season 1.

And as an afterthought…I was way too amused when Belle used the phrase “my turn to talk”. Because I am geeky like that.

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