WKRP and the Greatest Thanksgiving Promotion of All Time

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Over at his site today, fellow Patheos blogger Deacon Greg Kandra calls an episode of “Cheers” the best Thanksgiving episode ever. Though I’m a big “Cheers” fan, I counter his assertion with my pick for best Thanksgiving-themed TV episode ever. It’s from the 1970s show “WKRP in Cincinnati” in which radio station boss Arthur “Big [Read More...]

A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

I’ve seen the following Thanksgiving Day prayer by Samuel Pugh in various places over the years, so I’m posting it here as well if you need one for around the family table this holiday: “O God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry; When I have work, help me to remember the [Read More...]

Giving Thanks to God is Always in Season

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The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: It’s never “just another Thanksgiving,” of course. The holiday is so ingrained in us as Americans that each one is a day unto itself–a day given over to family, to abundant feasting, and, to be sure, an acknowledgment of the special graces that flow our [Read More...]

Learning to Love Your Mother-in-Law on Thanksgiving

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Bob Brody never got along with his mother-in-law – and he let the whole world know it in a 2011 column he penned for New York’s Daily News. His specific problems with Antoinette “Nettie” Chirichella of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, were that she talked too loud and too much, was an incessant worrier, and tended to focus [Read More...]

TV’s Funniest Family Adopts Marines for Thanksgiving

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A few weeks ago I posted pictures from an upcoming episode of “The Middle” which featured two real-life Marines portraying Marines on the show. This week, that Thanksgiving-themed episode aired and – in this sitcom geek’s opinion – provided the best writing, performances and laughs in “The Middle’s” four season history. The show opens with [Read More...]

“People” Magazine Features Down Syndrome Adoption Ministry

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Congratulations to former Christopher Closeup guest Andrea Roberts for getting her international Down syndrome orphan ministry, Reece’s Rainbow (named after her son Reece), featured in People magazine. An excerpt: Andrea Faris Roberts figured her new son, born in 2002, got his almond-shaped eyes from her husband, Rich. But when doctors confirmed that Reece had Down [Read More...]

Media, Morality and Uncommon Virtue: Why The New “Three Minutes a Day” Book is Good For You & Our Culture

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Though summer tends to be a time of vacation for most people, my July and August were largely spent working on The Christophers’ new “Three Minutes a Day” book. As Volume 47 in the series, it continues the tradition started by our founder, Maryknoll Father James Keller, of sharing inspirational stories and reflections for each [Read More...]

A Review of the Hallmark Channel’s “Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade”

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When you watch a movie on the Hallmark Channel, especially a romantic comedy, the important thing isn’t the destination but the journey. In other words, you know the film will likely have a happy ending and the couple who doesn’t like each other at the beginning will fall in love by the end. Therefore it’s [Read More...]

The Face of America in the World: A Review of Jake Tapper’s “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor”

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Nineteen-year-old Private First Class Brian Moquin Jr. joined the Army after struggling with a heroin addiction prompted by his father’s own drug problem. Moquin originally tried heroin because he “wanted to see why my father loved it more than he loved me.” Sergeant Patrick Lybert, age 28, was so devoted to his special needs brother, [Read More...]

Airborne Ranger Infantry

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Since this is Veteran’s Day weekend, I’ve got a couple of military-themed posts today and tomorrow. The first is a song I posted a live performance of a couple of weeks ago. It’s called “Airborne Ranger Infantry,” and it’s performed by country music’s Kristy Lee Cook. The song was inspired by her father’s combat experiences [Read More...]

Do You Know What We Need Right This Very Minute?

Storms. Politics. Stormy politics. It’s been a long couple of weeks. So I may be rushing things a little but… [Read more...]

A Sexual Abuse Victim’s Efforts to Be a Conduit to the Light of God and the Saints

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When rock journalist Dawn Eden left behind her sexually promiscuous lifestyle to embrace chastity, Christianity, and eventually the Catholic Church, the decision shocked a lot of people. She shared her journey of conversion in her first book “The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On.” Now Dawn has revealed more of [Read More...]


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