The Glory Has Departed


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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Big Discussion on Naming This Plant.
Name That Hymnal

What horrible plant or weed is this? Facebook debate.


Hollyhocks from Rumbly Cottage.

Normally, someone can trip while holding a package of Hollyhock seeds and end up with a bunch of them growing in that spot. We have weaponized rabbits in our yard, so hardly anything salad-like grows. Hollyhocks have not, but roses are doing well.

The top plant photo appeared on Facebook with questions about its name. I enjoyed the guessing game. Everyone had an idea that was not even close. Pokeweed? Hardly. Jimson Weed? No.

I could be wrong, but this looks like a large variety of Hollyhock, some so tall that they are used to shade the sunny side of the house.

One person has it growing and will paint the stump with Round-Up. They are more afraid of a plant than an herbicide. Our landscape neighbor is a veteran, so I often hear him talking about declaring war on moles.



Remember how everyone had to get rid of The Lutheran Hymnal? They probably hated the acronym, because saying The TLH meant The The Lutheran Hymnal. And what made it THEEEE Lutheran Hymnal? How arrogant! But no one has published a better one since 1941.

WELS replaced The Lutheran Hymnal, almost overnight, with Christian Worship. They are already impatient with CW - or perhaps with the low sales. They want another one.

This graphic appeared on Facebook to promote
a Lutheran Bible study in a bar.
Don't they have enough alcoholics already?


Here is the Vimeo on the new WELS hymnal. Someone thinks the 3.00 mark already seems celebratory.

But they need a name, so here it comes. Christian Worship is terrible. Natalie Pratt would call it "The first distinctively WELSian hymnal." The ELS hated CW so much they bailed out and printed their own - The Little Hymnal on the Prairie. To appease their slavemasters, Teigen posted a letter denying they mutinied, jumped ship, and printed their own. But they did - and the proof is in the name of the midwives group for CW - The Joint Hymnal Commission.

Keeping all this in mind, the new WELS concoction will be nicknamed The EWH," The Even Worse Hymnal.

 Honor the traditions - ignore the Word.