In the quiet of the early morning, when the world is still and dark and cold, my heart is warmed by the sacred mystery that is Christmas. I light a fire in the chiminea and wait for the sun to come up.
Dawn always comes. That’s the first promise that was ever made to humanity. The second is that the sun will set. But the third promise is that moon and stars will soon rise — that out of the darkness will emerge a nighttime sun to guide our way and dots of light for us to connect into mythical constellations.
Moon and stars tell the first redemption story that ever was. How fitting that the most famous redemption story of all time begins with the rising of an auspicious star.
Handy to know that if’n you get pinched on this here fancy rock, somebody’s coverin’ your aft.
Thanks to Chaz for blogging about this story and bringing it to my attention, although I’m amazed I didn’t hear about it when it happened. A college professor put up a poster of Capt. Mal from Firefly outside his office door, and the University wanted it taken down. He refused and almost lost his job. But thanks to an organization known as FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), the prof got to keep his poster and his job.
“Later that year, FIRE also produced a short film featuring Neil Gaiman documenting the case, “Don‘tMessWithFirefly! HowScifiFansMadeaCampusSafeforFreeSpeech.” The film went on to winanAnthemAward at FreedomFest this year.”
The title of the article is from one of my favorite quotes from Capt. Mal regarding the oppressive ruling Alliance: “No more runnin’. I aim to misbehave.”
Glad we gave the purple-bellies a good blasting. Fuzzie-wuzzies all around!