Archive / 2013

Christmas, Santa and Toys

Covert Matters Digest : WHEN DOWNTOWNS WERE BEST

By Harry M. Covert

Childhood days make the Christmas season the happiest times in most lives. In this particular case Christmas trees were the real thing, artificial trees had never reached my family and it was usually on Christmas Eve that most families brought in felled cedars and spruces.

Firemen, policemen, service clubs and churches had the lots. It never occurred to children that the delay for most households was simple; tree prices were slashed in half.

There was no such thing as Black Fridays. Department stores and downtown shops were open on the day after Thanksgiving and it was a delight to window shop and browse in and out and see the toys, candies and other assorted things available.

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When Preachers Err They Hurt

 Suffering Veterans Need Help, Not Babble

Covert Matters Digest P.T.S.D IS DEVASTATING


By Harry M. Covert

ord has arrived, not ex cathedra mind you, but from denizens of self-appointed ecclesiastical heights who have found money-changers in the temples perfectly proper and accountable to no one, heavenly or otherwise.

Latest from these lofty ones is mere bunk. Anyone with a half-grain of sense knows the proclamations emanating from Fort Worth, Texas are more than skeptical and do harm to Christian ministry.

Okay. Here’s the latest:

Kenneth Copeland took advantage of Veterans Day remembrances to say that soldiers, sailors, marines and other military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are not “good Christians.”… Read More

Name-Dropping at its Best

Baltimore’s ‘Schaefers’ , Why Not?

Covert Matters Digest WHAT’S IN A NAME? PLENTY

By Harry M. Covert

all me anything you want, just don’t call me late for dinner or payday.  Then there’s this one, you can always tell people from (you pick the state) but you can’t tell them much. Smile, please.
When the opportunity arrives so often to rename this or that, I just have a private laugh over the above. Why not?
One of the better restaurants in Maryland for 72 years was Haussner’s at 3244 Eastern Ave., Baltimore. Crab cakes, crab soup and other seafood delicacies were the best.… Read More

The President and Wagging Tongues

Dangerous Day in Johannesburg




By Harry M. Covert

here he was. The President of the United States, along with his predecessors and some other 91 world leaders paying homage to the late Nelson Mandela in a massive Johannesburg, South Africa stadium.

It was an awesome event earlier this week. The American president’s eulogy received an A-Rating. It was spell binding.

In the midst of the momentous occasion, everyone could hear world-wide including the hearing impaired.

The only problem? The fellow on screen beside Mr. Obama was an impersonator. That’s correct. Sign-language readers universally picked up immediately that the “crasher” knew nothing about how to interpret.

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C. S. Lewis Remembered

Covert Matters Digest A MAN FOR ALL AGES

Camelot and the Oxford Don


By Harry M. Covert

On this day a half-century ago the world was stunned into shock and dismay when a young dynamic American president was killed by an assassin’s bullet.

The devastating events in Dallas, Texas brought an unexpected end to the life of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president, and his storybook administration often described as Camelot. He was 46.

It was 1:30 PM Central Standard Time when the shooting occurred.

At approximately the same time some 5,000 miles away at The Kilns on Lewis Close in Oxford, England, one of Christendom’s most beloved figures, Clive Staples (C.S.)

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A Momentous Month, JFK Remembered

Vivid Days of a Half-Century Past


By Harry M. Covert

The 11th month is always a good one, especially when the 11th hour and the 11th minute are remembered with honor and red poppies are seen everywhere.

This particular time of the year is one usually noted by a completed election cycle, winners win, losers salve their wounds and generally, after a short time, plot and plan for another day.

In a few weeks’ time political differences will be set aside for a while as Americans and the rest of the world recall that time a half-century ago when every community dramatically changed.… Read More

Role Models That Matter

Covert Matters Digest TEACHING ‘SPORTS’ TO SPEAK

Talking Without the *-Words

By Harry M. Covert

What could be better than waking up every morning not seeing your name in obituary columns? There are certainly many answers to that, but being a bit nosey there’s a lot to learn from the notices.

It’s a relief on many days that political and community affairs of all sorts can take a back seat for a while and read about people who truly made differences.

As a news junkie and longtime practitioner of fact-gathering, good and bad, the sports business has grown by leaps and bounds to the point it seems that the physical bodies have matured faster than the brains of many athletes.

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No Rack-and-Ruin in Sight


Sorry, the Nation is NOT Collapsing

By Harry M. Covert

Now that the sky didn’t fall everybody can get back to eating fried chicken, chicken and dumplings and mashed potatoes and gravy.

All that is allegedly wrong with the nation isn’t really so bad after all.

There are still some communities making news they would like to secede from the country. Rather dumb. Thankfully, Alexandria and Northern Virginia aren’t in that category.

Stories come from western Maryland, the Lone Star State, maybe around Fort Sumter, South Carolina, and Kentucky just to name a few.… Read More

When Asterisks Replace Words

Covert Matters Digest ‘THE CUSSING CONGRESS’

Do Chaplains Now Have the Toughest Political Job?

Anathematizing Seems Underway

By Harry M. Covert

 After due diligence, broad research and deep contemplation it can

be said the toughest jobs in the nation’s capital belong to the chaplains of the Senate and House.

The opening prayers, usually timed at 60 seconds, may reach heavenly climes, but more often than not fall on closed ears and waffling minds.

This is not a knock on the esteemed and honorable clergymen. It does point to the job facing them and perhaps a re-thinking of their inputs.

Washington apparently has a long reputation, not just of shootings and stabbings, but now as the cussingest city perhaps in the country–for the more educated, the most profane anywhere.

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Stop Bullying the Redskins

Covert Matters Digest THE SMITHS, THE THORPES

What’s in a Name, Heroes of Yore

Never forget Le Baron, Choo Choo, Dudley, Snead

By Harry M. Covert

The assault on Daniel Snyder and the Washington Redskins

has gotten a bit much. The vendetta iis out of hand and more than just plain silly.

Getting “offended” is becoming a national pastime and many people are just afraid to stand up and say broadly and loudly, “shut up.” It’s getting sickening.

It’s offensive that a man who puts up his own money to buy a commercial enterprise is maligned continually.

I’m writing about Daniel Snyder who has spent tons of money to bring about a championship football team to the Greater Washington area.

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