There’s a woman in my church who wears a proper church crown. I call it that because it deserves the name. It’s a royal blue, straw hat with plastic sunflowers emanating from the brim. She wears it proud, as each year of the 93 she’s been alive has earned her the right to wear it, and nothing could take that crown from her head.
I wish we lived in an era where it were not only appropriate but fashionable for women to wear church crowns. Hell, as a pastor, I wish it were fashionable for women to just come to church. But, barring that, I wish women would bring the hat back. Because when a woman wears a hat, a real hat, it lets everyone know that she is not to be trifled with, not to be played. A woman in a church crown is a woman who runs shit.
I suppose I should define church crown. A church crown isn’t just a hat. Every grandmother has a hat she’ll break out when the weather gets warm and the sun beats down. This is not that hat. In fact, if you’ve never been to a prayer meeting, you don’t know what a church crown is. Church crowns don’t just cover your head and keep you cool; church crowns let everyone know you’re in church. When you stand up to praise, it’s your hat that’s seen. That royal purple blob twenty pews ahead? That’s Dotty, praying for Raymond, like she has the last twenty years. And damn if you don’t put your head down and pray that this might be the week Ray finally gets it.
After 30 years of church, the sight of an honest church crown can put my chin into my neck for a minute of prayer, or simply some good old “yes ma’am”, even when I’m running the show. When Phyllis shows up with that sunflower halo, I know she needs Jesus, and I know she needs prayer. She’s got a dozen hats that she wears for church, but Sunday School kids that graduated before I was born made her that one. When she deigns to bring that to the congregation, we all know. We all pray.
From the YouTube description: “This is a couple guys located in afghanistan, that re-made the music video by Lady Gaga….Telephone. Prepare yourself for a fantastical journey. Right now this is the temporary version, we have more scenes to cut, and edit, however with guys always on mission it is harder to film than you think.”
If you’re one of the four-or-so frequent readers of this here blog, chances are you also occasionally check out the New York Times op-ed page. You may even know the names: Thomas “They Hate Us For Our Friedman” Friedman, Gail “The Colander” Collins, Nicholas “The Dark Crystal” Kristof, &c. Well, I’ve decided to devote a daily feature to these folks, by daily pointing out one line that is either awesome, funny, insightful, intelligent, ridiculous, or utterly divorced from reality. I hope you enjoy.
Today’s is from David “Yawny-Pants” Brooks, who in his column “American Power Act,” writes:
Energy innovation is the railroad legislation of today.
Well, he’s right to an extent. But, railroad legislation is also the railroad legislation of today, since building a network of high-speed railroads is, and should be, a priority as well. However, I do like that Brooks gets the necessity for carbon tax and investment in clean energy, a thought that makes most conservatives grimace (or scream epithets at rallies). I just wish he wouldn’t forget that we need new trains too.
Hawaii’s legislature passed a civil unions bill yesterday giving gay couples the same rights as married straight couples. The bill is sent to Gov. Lingle, a Republican, who remains undecided on whether to veto, sign or pass the bill. The bill did not pass with enough votes to override a veto.
It’s been expected, but now it’s all but official: Aides confirm that Florida Governor Charlie Crist will, indeed, announce tomorrow that he will run for the U.S. Senate as an independent. Crist has been a Republican his entire career, but a run from former state House speaker Marco Rubio on his right has pushed him both out of the party primary and into the center.
This, in effect, both blows up this race, as well as solidifying it earlier than the primary would have. Rubio now has a longer time to move center to try and court moderate Republicans and independents who might be scared off by his links to the tea party movement. His recent moves seem to have predicted that Crist would defect, e.g., his lack of support for the recent Arizona immigration bill. Meek’s campaign, which wasn’t too terribly great to begin with, got more complicated. While before he could paint Rubio as too conservative, now he has to change tactics and hope Rubio and Crist can split the right and open the center.
Can Crist win? Well, he has a better shot now than before (he was definitely going to lose the primary, but it’s arguable he had as good a shot in the general election), but his chances are still far from knowable. Nate Silver doesn’t think his chances are great. However, Crist does have a lot of time until November now, and if he can agilely move to the center without sending sell-out signals, he could come off as a slight-latter-day Scott Brown. Or, he could come off as a less-sleazy Joe Lieberman, but without the Democrats in this case to unofficially officially support his candidacy.