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Role Models, Celebrities Behaving Admirably, & Patheos’s Fifth Anniversary

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Now that “Star Wars Day” is over (May the 4th be with you), it’s time to celebrate another special occasion: namely, Patheos.com’s 5th anniversary! It was a mere three-and-a-half years ago that I started hounding Elizabeth Scalia (a.k.a. The Anchoress) every couple of weeks to see if she wanted to post articles based on my [Read More...]

Harry Connick Jr. Goes to Confession

In a previous blog post, I looked at the Catholic backgrounds of 2014 “American Idol” judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. On the Jan. 22 episode, Connick, who in a more serious moment called out a contestant for making a lewd comment to Lopez, also had a little fun with his Catholicism [Read More...]

How “Mary Poppins” Inspired One of the Best Comedy Writers of Our Era

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Though much of the Mary Poppins-related attention today will be directed at the new Disney movie “Saving Mr. Banks,” I’m reminded of a different story about everybody’s favorite flying nanny and how she influenced someone I consider to be one of the best comedy writers of our era: Phil Rosenthal. If his name isn’t familiar [Read More...]

Tim Conway’s Hilarious (and Spiritual) Life

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You should always follow your mother’s advice. Well, almost always. Consider this story that actor and comedian Tim Conway shared in his recent “Christopher Closeup” interview and in his new memoir, “What’s So Funny? My Hilarious Life.” During his third year starring in the 1960’s hit sitcom “McHale’s Navy,” Tim got a call from his [Read More...]


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