friday links.

Sometimes I just want to share awesome things I have read. I want to say that we’re going from silly to serious with these links but we all know that game night is really serious so let’s not pretend that it’s not.

“Fear of Michael Flatley and Loathing in Viva Los Gaygas” by Roger Cormier

Monica Geller would have you believe she was the best, felled only by one impossible question that she notably knew the answer to after she married Chandler (uh, spoiler?). The game was right in her perceived wheelhouse as The Competitive One, which possibly led to the loss of her apartment and the privilege of sleeping in. As she said to Rachel before overtime, as a motivational speech and in explaining why she just significantly added to the stakes of the bet, she had yet to answer one question incorrectly. Monica was at that moment simultaneously thumbing her nose at the Gods of Foreshadowing and Sporting Karma, and as soon as she said it, Final Draft automatically filled in the anguished cries associated with pride before a fall in the subsequent pages, while a graphic on the bottom of everyone’s television screen note that Monica Geller had made every single one of her field goals in Geller Bowls past. She out of anybody else should have asked for clarification on some of her brother’s rules as well, and not stubbornly believe that the answer to what Chandler Muriel Bing’s job is would simply come to her.

(My only objection is that this is not the best episode of Friends but it’s top five so I will let it slide.)

Sometimes things don’t really have titles but these glorious thoughts about Susan Pevensie and how she might have turned out (in spite of her lipstick and nylons) are worth sharing whether they have a proper title or not.

Susan Pevensie did not lose faith. She found it.

In the Gloaming by Kristin Tennant

To be in the gloaming is to be in a neither-here-nor-there place, in a now-and-not-yet time. Which is also very much an Advent place and time. As I wrote last week, Advent is the time when we feel the darkness but anticipate the light. It’s the time when we just might fully get why we need the light, why it’s worth longing for, and why there’s a hope candle in our Advent wreath.

Thinking About Advent by Marcus Borg

Advent should be about all of this. It is a season of anticipation, yearning and longing for a different kind of life and a different kind of world. To reduce it to a penitential season of preparing for the second coming of Jesus, or a season of remembering that Jesus was born so that he could pay for our sins, is a tragic travesty of Advent, Christmas, and Christianity.

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