Advice for Singles on Valentine’s Day (or “Bitterness only makes a person happy when it comes in the form of baking chocolate.”)

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If the approach of Valentine’s Day finds you single and depressed, check out Monica Gabriel’s post at the Verily magazine blog which offers five pieces of advice to help you survive the parade of people who will be making gooey eyes at each other on February 14 – and also includes the brilliantly-imagined sentence, “Bitterness [Read More...]

R.I.P. “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” Singer Patty Andrews

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I grew up watching repeats of Abbott and Costello movies on WPIX in New York City every Sunday. One of my favorites was their first film, “Buck Privates,” which also featured The Andrews Sisters performing their classic World War Two-era song, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Patty Andrews (pictured center above), the final remaining member of [Read More...]

Praying Before Oatmeal: A Catholic Perspective on Food, Self-Image and God with Mary DeTurris Poust

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Christopher Closeup Podcast – Guest: Mary DeTurris Poust (This post is part of Mary DeTurris Poust’s “Cravings” blog tour.) Like a lot of people, Mary DeTurris Poust was a multitasker, used to mindlessly eating breakfast while reading emails on her laptop or focusing on the New York Times crossword puzzle. Then, while on a retreat [Read More...]

Sex, Dignity and the “Nashville” version of Tim Tebow

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One thing that soap operas and country music have in common is stories that involve sex. The new ABC nighttime soap, “Nashville,” is no exception. But to the show’s credit, it’s also presented an interesting storyline about preserving sex until marriage – and it appears to be partially inspired by popular football player Tim Tebow. [Read More...]


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