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NEWER COLOSSUS

A mostly original poem by Howard Kramer (with apologies to Emma Lazarus) . Like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed shore, a great great wall shall stand A mighty man with a reality show, whose legacy Are the failed businesses, and his name Father of […]

FIVE LESS DISCUSSED FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO CLINTON’S LOSS

Well, Inauguration Day is upon us, and Americans from Sea to Shining Sea are still doing a lot of soul searching, especially Hillary Clinton supporters. Among mainstream Democrats, who generally supported Clinton, the list of excuses is varied:  she lost because she had been vilified by political enemies for decades; American men are not ready […]

HISTORIC AFRICAN BAPTIST CHURCHES OF THE SOUTH

The tradition of African churches in the American South goes back to before the American Revolution.  In fact, it may come as a surprise that oldest home-grown African churches in America, perhaps the world, arose in a place and time where Africans were brutally oppressed and for the most part enslaved.  Early African Baptist congregations […]

HISTORY’S GREATEST RELIGIOUS BUILDERS

The world is filled with literally thousands of religious architectural wonders. The date from the dawn of civilization to the modern age, and span nearly every culture that has existed throughout history.  But who was responsible for building all of these amazing places of worship?  In most cases it is a combination of a leader […]

RELIGIOUS SITES WE LOST IN 2016

  As 2016 draws to a close, The Complete Pilgrim reflects on yet another year of tragic loss of religious sites around the world. The good news is that 2016 was not quite so destructive a year as 2015 was.  Undoubtedly that is small comfort to those who have lost a beloved place of worship, or […]

AMERICA’S BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIE DESTINATIONS

Of all of the movie genres that have emerged from Hollywood over the years, none are as enduring, or beloved, as the holiday film.  While other movies are slowly forgotten, a good Christmas movie does not fade over time, but returns year after year, becoming an integral part of the holiday tradition.  Some films have […]

CHRISTMAS LIGHT DRIVE-THRUS OF THE SOUTH

Christmas light drive-thru displays are a relatively new phenomenon, but one which is growing annually in terms of both numbers and popularity of such attractions.  The concept takes the old neighborhood drive-by Christmas light viewing to a much more complex level.  In some cases this has become a massive undertaking involving miles of carefully designed, […]

GREATEST SITES OF THE NATIVITY

At Christmas time millions around the world travel to see family and friends, while others flock to vacation destinations. However, there are many who still travel on pilgrimage at this festive time of year, seeking to celebrate one of Christianity’s most sacred days someplace meaningful.  The great cathedrals and churches of the world draw many […]

Coming Attractions…

NANDA DEVI

Uttar Pradesh (7,816 m) – Sacred Mountain of the Goddesses Nanda and Sunanda Nanda Devi is arguably India’s most famous mountain. The tallest mountain located entirely within India’s borders, it is famous for several reasons. First, it is home to one of the world’s biosphere reserves, and as such has been declared a world heritage […]

MOUNT SINAI

Feran, Egypt Mount Sinai, also called Jabal Musa by the local Bedouins, is the site traditionally identified as the Biblical Mount Sinai, and has been unofficially recognized as such by a majority of Jews, Christians and Muslims for many centuries.  It is a place highly revered by all three faiths, and because of its out-of-the-way […]

Howard’s Random Ramblings

NEWER COLOSSUS

A mostly original poem by Howard Kramer (with apologies to Emma Lazarus) . Like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed shore, a great great wall shall stand A mighty man with a reality show, whose legacy Are the failed businesses, and his name Father of […]

FIVE LESS DISCUSSED FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO CLINTON’S LOSS

Well, Inauguration Day is upon us, and Americans from Sea to Shining Sea are still doing a lot of soul searching, especially Hillary Clinton supporters. Among mainstream Democrats, who generally supported Clinton, the list of excuses is varied:  she lost because she had been vilified by political enemies for decades; American men are not ready […]

THE GREATEST HOLIDAY MOVIES OF ALL TIME

Since the dawn of the Hollywood era, movies have been an integral part of the Christmas season.  Even the most jaded would be hard-pressed not to be able to name at least one holiday classic that they hold near and dear.  From the first production of “A Christmas Carol” in the early silent era to […]

TRUMP: WHY HE MIGHT NOT BE AS BAD AS YOU THINK

Let me start by saying that I am one of those who truly disliked both candidates with a passion. I was dumbfounded when the Republicans chose Donald Trump, and exasperated when the Democrats chose Hillary Clinton.  For the record, I voted for Gary Johnson, futile as that was.  I knew that I was going to […]