On the Purity of the English Language

While looking through my old blog posts for this week's blast from the past, I found the following quote on the purity of the English language, on a blog that no longer exists, which I found via a link from a blog that no longer exists:We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.So I said to myself, I wonder who actually said this? Turns out it's a fellow named James N … [Read more...]

Woof Guide to Popular Music: Waxie’s Dargle

So my daughter was playing Super Smash Bros Brawl on the Wii, and I heard an Irish tune I recognized. Turns out it was "Waxie's Dargle", which (I have learned) is about going to Dublin's red light district and drinking heavily. It makes a sprightly tune for a video game, though. Here's the Young Dubliner's version. … [Read more...]

Woof Guide to Popular Music: What a Wonderful World

Today, for the day after Thanksgiving, here's simply the most peaceful, joyful song of thanksgiving I know. … [Read more...]


I could write a post about how thankful I am and how important it is that we be thankful this time of year, but frankly I'd rather you spent today with your family and friends than reading my blog.So go! Make merry! Be festive!____________________________________Now, for those of you who are still here, I'm going to treat you to my latest idea for Thanksgiving cuisine: Mexican Jello Salad Dip!*Start with a goodly quantity of unset green jello.Pour the unset jello into a … [Read more...]

Woof Guide to Obscure Catholic Music: Teresa and the Scapulars

The general attitude toward Teresa and the Scapulars by those in the know is "the less said, the better." Formed at a Catholic girl's school in Los Angeles in the late 1960's, a school that shall remain nameless to protect the innocent and guilty alike, the Scapulars began as a student folk ensemble intended to play at school Masses. The members, all avid listeners to local radio, soon slipped the leash of the school's music teacher, Sr. Mary Incontrovertible, and began to experiment with … [Read more...]

Also Righteously Bad

Since I posted about the waiter in Overland Park, Kansas who received a nasty note in lieu of a tip, several similar cases have popped up. It now appears that one of them might be a hoax.Now me, I don't know who's lying in this case. I do know that the message conveyed by the note is an un-Christian message, and that's what I chose to write about in the earlier case. Such things apparently do happen, and they shouldn't.But on the other hand: if someone who leaves a nasty-gram in lieu … [Read more...]

A College of Magics, by Caroline Stevermer

The title of Caroline Stevermer's A College of Magics makes it sound like yet another Harry Potter-inspired tale of gifted children, magical hijinks, and saving the world from He Whose Name In This Book We Do Not Yet Know, but in fact it is nothing of the kind.The tale is set in an alternate Europe, toward the end of the 19th century. There are railroads, and automobiles are not unheard of, but there are no airplanes and the First World War is not yet even a dream. There is magic, clearly, … [Read more...]

Ten Fingers

So I just saw an ad for a rosary application for the iPhone, with the slogan that you can make waiting time prayer time.Dude! I've got ten fingers. What more do you need? … [Read more...]

Listening to God Redux

I don't know whether Tom McDonald's latest post was inspired by my post on Listening to God or not, but it's well worth your time. My post focused narrowly on my personal experience in prayer, and on the human dimension. (You can't say everything at once, darn it!) But as Tom points out, every instance of human prayer is a response to a conversation initiated by God, however it seems at the time. … [Read more...]