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A Christmas Carol

An afternoon pause: As I have done for several years on Christmas day, I bring you the classic 1951 version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, starring Alastair Sim. To my mind this movie is still by far the best adaption of the book. It is also a truly wonderful movie.

As I wrote last year,

Dickens did not demand the modern version of charity, where it is imposed by governmental force on everyone. Instead, he was advocating the older wiser concept of western civilization, that charity begins at home, that we as individuals are obliged as humans to exercise good will and generosity to others, by choice.

It is always a matter of choice. And when we take that choice away from people, we destroy the good will that makes true charity possible.

Enjoy, and have a Merry Christmas!

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.


  • Ruth

    One of my favorites and will save it for later! Thank you and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours! Your blog has broadened my horizons this year and given me a great deal to think about.

  • Chris

    Hi Bob
    Merry Christmas!

    Charity does begin at home.. It is a concept called subsidiarity.
    It is the belief that problems are best solved at the most local level.

    Your problem is best solved by you. Or if not, by you, then your spouse or family and if not by your church or local community….etc.
    Only the most pressing and universal problems that are not solved by the more “local” solutions are solved by the “federal” system.

    I think if we we more apt to follow this path we would be more connected, happier, and better as a nation and a world.

    Merry Christmas all!

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