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Thursday, November 30, 2017


CHRIST IN WINTER: Reflections on Faith and Life for the Years of Winter…

I don’t check the “comments” section of this blog very often, because there usually aren’t any. Some folks have said they tried to comment but BlogSpot would not cooperate. Even if BlogSpot were more amenable, there just isn’t much reason to comment. Recently, though, I did check the comments, and found something quite interesting.

It is in the comments section of my CIW for March 15, on having a happy childhood in old age. There are a whole lot of comments in Arabic there. I had Google translate them. They seem to be a number of businesses, at least some in Egypt, trying to convince one another to buy their products.

Doesn’t seem to make any sense on an English language blog with a name like Christ In Winter, unless you are communicating in code [We have refrigerators for sale. What caliber do you want…] in a place on the internet where no one is likely to notice.

Daughter Katie Kennedy has first-name friends in the CIA, because she calls the CIA to ask about how to shoot down an asteroid and how to detonate a remote-controlled rocket and such for her books, in the YA contemporary sci-fi genre. They say they are used to her, but I am reserving every-other-Sunday visiting hours, just in case.

Anyway, she had one of their analysts look at it. Says she doesn’t think it is anything untoward but that I should report it, anyway, just to be careful. So I have. Which probably means that since you read this blog, you are now on a couple of lists, one in Arabic and one in CIA code. You’re welcome.


Katie Kennedy is the rising star in YA lit. She is published by Bloomsbury, which also publishes lesser authors, like JK Rowling. Her latest book is, What Goes Up. It’s published in hardback, paperback, audio, and electronic, from B&N, Amazon, etc. Also, check out Learning to Swear In America, about teen-age Russian genius physicist Yuri, who must save Los Angeles from an asteroid strike, while also meeting American hippie girl Dovie, and…

Speaking of writing, my most recent book, VETS, about four homeless and handicapped Iraqistan veterans, is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. It’s published by Black Opal Books.

It’s neat; in writing circles, Katie is no longer known as my daughter. Now I am known as her father.

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