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Before there was a Christmas, there was a Santa Claus. But way before he set up shop at the North Pole, Santa was a Shaman. A few years back I wrote an article for an online magazine, telling the story of how he came to the New World. In this YouTube video, I read that story. It's a piece of Christmas history that is appropriate all year long. 

All the dissension and outright hatred abroad today takes a toll on us. I can't get out and work to change the world anymore. I'm too old. But I can write. Recently I was moved to write a parable for our times called "Hatred and the Muse" I hope it will serve as a symbol of hope for what sometimes feels like a hopeless world.