DISCLAIMER: To say that this is a birthday tribute is to make it more than it likely in fact is — or it at least raises expectations somehow. This isn’t a “top” or “most” or any other sort of scientifically measured and carefully calculated listing. This is just a list of 10 things about Nancy. These are things that I like about her, that is true. And this is her birthday weekend. But, anything else beyond that and you’re putting emphasis on the wrong syllable (and if you didn’t read that last phrase incorrectly, you need to go back and read it again).
“On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of the conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake some day and take offense, or the waking god may draw us out to where we can never return.”