I Was So Wrong About Bob Dylan

  I couldn't stand it. I just couldn't stand it. I'm not sure why, but it was in middle school that I first remember hearing him. Bob Dylan.  And I remember the lyrics:How does it feel How does it feel To be without a home Like a complete unknown Like a rolling stone?Or in my ears "Hoooooooooowww does it feeeeeeeuuuuuuhhhll? Dylan was having yet another musical renaissance with the production of his album, Infidels, and the enthusiasm was trickling down to the 6th graders at John Adams M … [Read more...]

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Content & Faithful – Evelyn Waugh’s Perfect Father

 I am working my way through Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honor trilogy.And it is fantastic.The novels which comprise the trilogy (Men At Arms, Officers and Gentlemen, and Unconditional Surrender) take us through the irony and tragedy of the Second World War as seen through the eyes of an aging British soldier, Guy Crouchback. As is classic for Waugh, the story has countless moments of the subtlest wit which shine a bright light on the stories we tell ourselves juxtaposed aga … [Read more...]

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On Aylan Kurdi: The Bell Is Tolling, The Periphery Is Here

 Jesus Wept by James Tissot They came from Kobani. In northern Syria.No. They weren't on vacation. They weren't visiting family. They weren't leaving a Turkish beach on a fifteen foot boat in hopes of arriving at a Greek island simply because they heard it was beautiful or idyllic or the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.They were fleeing.War. Poverty. Death.But Death found them anyway.And the stark, gut-wrenching photo of a limp three year-old boy's … [Read more...]

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“On Doing What Is Required” – Bravery & Europe’s Terror Attacks

The Victory of David Over Goliath by Sebastiano Ricci“We just did what we had to do. You either run away or fight. We chose to fight and got lucky and didn’t die,”Wow.American National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos offered that understatement following the attempted terrorist attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris last week. Skarlatos was traveling with two friends, college student Anthony Sadler and United States Air Force airman Spencer Stone, when they "just did what the … [Read more...]

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“There Is A God, and, I’m Not Him.” – Thoughts On God & Anxiety

The Gathering of the Manna by James TissotHe was desperate. Clearly.He knew it. And the priest knew it. So the priest approached the anxious college student hunched in a pew in an empty, cavernous church and the dialogue between them went something like this: Father Cavanaugh: [in church] Taking your appeal to a higher authority? Rudy: I'm desperate. If I don't get in next semester, it's over. Notre Dame doesn't accept senior transfers. Father Cavanaugh: Well, you've done a hell of a … [Read more...]

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The Catholicism of Bill Murray’s “St. Vincent”

 Warning: This piece may contain spoilers for the movie, St. Vincent. He was something out of a Flannery O'Connor novel.Disheveled, semi-drunk and shuffling around a dilapidated Brooklyn house with a broken fence and dirt yard, Vincent "Vince" MacKenna (played by Bill Murray) was no one's idea of a saint. No one's. His regular company included a pregnant Russian prostitute. His familiar haunts were the bar and the racetrack.And his least likely vocation?Saint.And ye … [Read more...]

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