It is New Year's eve, and I am fresh back home from my Christmas vacation, 5 days in the Bahamas. We visited Nassau, which I learned was once ruled by the venomous pirate Blackbeard. I had heard of Blackbeard's exploits by my grandfather Isham Randolph, he spoke of firsthand accounts from the survivors whom befriended himself and his wife the year he married her. It was interesting to see the warm beaches and almost disappointing to be back in Portland, where the skies are grey and pale, and incredible to fly using the mechanical aviations of today. The Bahamas are situated off the coast of Florida, and in less than a day I spanned across the whole of the United States, a trip that would otherwise take a man weeks or months.
Once again, at the behest of my good friend Daniel, I present a list to you, my friends, of resolutions for the New Year.
Thank you my friends for a wonderful year, and with it's passing please accept my salutations & assurances of great esteem & respect,
- TH. Jefferson
I tried to spice in a little bit here and there as we enter the New Year with TeeJ. The Cascade Policy Institute is an Oregon-based Libertarian think-tank, and it is most definitely worth a look, definitely one of the more prominent Libertarian groups in the U.S.
Thomas Jefferson's "The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth" is an interesting look at one man's approach to religion, and is very controversial. Jefferson appreciated the moralistic teachings of Jesus, but did not view his miracles or other profound events as anything other than charlatanism. So what he did was created a book which he felt emphasized the important points in Jesus life by copy/pasting segments of the Bible together, separating the "gold" from the "dross". Of course orthodox fundamentalists (like Benny Hinn) would be aghast at such an approach, but those who consider the Bible's teachings to be allegorical and interpretive in nature would definitely find Jefferson's version of the "Bible" interesting.
I look forward to a new year of TeeJ, and I hope perhaps by the end of next year the series can be complete and I can begin to redraft it into a full-blown novel. Thanks for reading and check back for more in 2005!