Few activities are more corrosive to humanity than speaking ill of others. Our nation is witnessing this on a grand stage with the presidential race, but we see it on more personal levels among our own relationships. Most of us face the temptation every day. And on this Good Friday, we’re reminded of how lies, reviling and mockery led to the destruction of an innocent man, who instead of using his last words to defend himself against those who cursed him, prayed they’d be forgiven.


Sitting round the table
Captivated by the fable
Getting wrapped up in the cycle
Of the not-so-subtle libel

Speaking of her like she’s junk
Speaking of him as a punk
Aspersions firing with a bang
To compose the vile harangue

Assaulting every possible neighbor
Lacking any taste of favor
Bitterness the favorite flavor
Something kind o how I savor

Those not present lack defense
From incessant negligence
Of the words that cause despair
Leaving me with bleeding ear

How I wish for something pure
To cause such great allure
That it would captivate and cure
Ballooning egos with a skewer

Send us tumbling down to earth
Where we remember from our birth
Wickedness lives in us each
And we all must strive to reach
For the pinnacle achieved
For perfection unreceived
Away from devils who adversely
Convince us we’re too good for mercy.

Seven Tragedies That Didn’t Happen in the Downton Abbey Finale

downtonThis past Sunday night, the final episode of Downton Abbey aired, leaving its fans with fond yet bittersweet feelings. 

What was so remarkable about the episode was that nothing horrible happened. Quite the opposite, in fact. In a show famous for twists, turns, drama and jarring tragedy, the series finale could not have tied a more beautiful bow for every character and plot line.

We fans sat there pleasantly shocked that we weren’t pounding our fists and grumbling about what they did to our favorite character. But it made me wonder what could’ve happened if the finale ended in depressing and morbid fashion, true to its form.

So, here are Seven Tragedies That Didn’t Happen in the Downton Abbey Finale:

7. Students begin to incessantly bully Mr. Mosely and cause him to melt into a puddle of goo.

6. Andy falls off the roof, crushing Mr. Drewe and his plate of freshly-baked-by-Miss Padmore cookies.

5. Daisy attempts an insurrection of York, only to be cut down by the steady rifle of none other than ex-pat Mr. Bates.

4. Thomas crumbles on the first day of his new job when he learns he will be the butler, valet, cook, lady’s maid and pig man.

3. Lady Mary snatches away Bertie to become the Marchioness of Hexham, sparking a no-holds bar cat fight to the death with Lady Edith.

2. Lord Grantham excuses himself from dinner and promptly suffers an outrageous, 20s-style brain aneurism that causes his head to explode all over his guests.

1. Not to be outdone, Mr. Carson unintentionally shakes the booze out onto the table candles, setting the dining room ablaze and bringing light to the finale’s title, Downton’s Inferno.

Perhaps I missed one? Feel free to add yours in the comments!