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He practiced astrology, calculated horoscopes for a consideration, lectured on chemistry and astronomy, blasphemed the Christian religion, published a journal of hybrid doctrines, called the Philomathean, and pretended to calculate "cheap nativities" on the transit of planets for $10 each, for all of which he obtained but slender pecuniary recompense.
Astrological knowledge is, of course, highly valuable, but the supply in San Francisco seems to be slightly in excess of the demand, and no matter how much Professor Chaney lectured, scattered circulars, watched the movements of the planets, and cast nativities, his exchequer continued painfully bare and his larder nearly empty.
This show of sincere affection had no affect on the flinty-headed calculator of other people's nativities.
It taps into everyone's memories of the kind of school nativities where Joseph insists on waving at his mum, the inn-keeper decides there's plenty of room at the inn after all, and every parent resents the girl who got the role of Mary.
This statement, along with a raft of other utterances Rothko made over the years, has given rise to an art critics 'cottage industry: lending narrative interpretations -- from nativities to entombments -- to his paintings.
Darkness Into Light 2008
Growing up I still remember having hymns in assembly, Bible studies, school nativities etc … They basically made me a better atheist.
From the stupid debate over happy holidays vs. Merry Christmas (its a holiday too morons) to Christians wanting giant nativities at the capital the beauty of the season has been overshadowed by single minded zealots.
Wood's character of him is, that he was an exact mathematician, a curious calculator of nativities, a general read scholar, a thorough-paced philologist, and one that understood the surveying of lands well.
But man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes, and pompous in the grave, solemnizing nativities and deaths with equal lustre, nor omitting ceremonies of bravery in the infamy of his nature.
In some well-heeled, McMansion-pocked suburbs, plywood nativities have been supplanted by elaborate sets with period costumes, soundtracks, Hollywood-esque lighting and camels rented for the occasion.
Awry in a Manger: 2007