Zymurgia House

Big news! In addition to blogging here about things Catholic, I will also be blogging about books and the writing of books at ZymurgiaHouse.com, the new home page for my novels. Check it out!And many thanks to Larry D. and Rebecca Frech for hosting ZymurgiaHouse.com as the newest member of the Catholic Conspiracy, and to Julie Davis for the logo! … [Read more...]

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Rumors of My Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

Well, howdy!Been a while. And frankly, it's not you, it's me.So happens the last seven or eight months have been a bit fraught. There were big changes at work, and new challenges, which meant I didn't have much attention to spare; and what attention I had to spare had to go to my family, my Lay Dominican chapter, and the RCIA group at my parish. And for a good bit of that time, up until a couple of weeks ago, I was on some medication that had the cumulative effect of making me tired … [Read more...]

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On Being A Turtle

My apologies to those who have commented recently; I confess I've not been paying much attention.As I might have mentioned a few weeks ago, the project I'd been on for many years came to an abrupt end, meaning that I need to quickly transition onto something else. I'm now working on two projects, each half-time, which means that I'm trying to climb not just one but two learning curves at the same time. What's worse, the two projects are just similar enough to cause confusion. I'm working … [Read more...]

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Alarums and Excursions

Just a point of administrivia: blogging has been light recently (you might have noticed) due to upheavals at work* and the beginning of the school year; and now I'm off to a conference for the rest of the week. I hope to have "Today's Aquinas" up next week, and get back into a normal blogging schedule sometime after that.____ * For the record, my job is not endangered. However, prayers for peace and a better attitude will be gratefully accepted. … [Read more...]

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Technical Difficulties

I'm experiencing technical difficulties at the moment; which is to say that my computer appears to have a failing hard drive. As a result I lost my blogging time yesterday evening, and I'm going to lose much of it this evening taking the beast down to the repair shop. With luck, things will return to normal tomorrow. … [Read more...]

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Admin: Missing Blog Comments

I've just noticed that comments are not being displayed for blog posts older than May 20th. I'm not sure why; I've contacted the Patheos operations folks, and I hope we'll have them back soon. … [Read more...]

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A Note for Passing Atheists

I’ve recently been getting more attention from atheist commenters, due largely to my posts about what religion is good for and my interview with Leah Libresco about her new book, Arriving at Amen.  Most of these visitors have been reasonably polite, contrary to the usual stereotype (sorry, guys, but comment boxes seem to bring out the worst in people, and it always applies to people on both sides), and I’ve been having enjoyable conversations with 3vil5triker and Ragarth.And then once in a wh … [Read more...]

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The Eagle Has Landed!

To become an Eagle Scout, you need to do a significant service project demonstrating leadership and management skills. You also need to be a Life Scout with sufficient time in rank, earn thirteen specific merit badges plus eight more of your choice, and be a troop officer. And you need to do all of this by no later than the day before your 18th birthday.My son David's 18th birthday is tomorrow.This past Sunday, by dint of heroic effort, he completed the Cooking merit badge at the … [Read more...]

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Merry Christmas, Every One!

I'm most unusually going to take some time off from blogging this week, and enjoy being home with the family. May you and yours have a most blessed Christmas; and if you don't celebrate Christmas, may this season still be everything you hope for, within the limits of the law and the well-being of your neighbors.I might pop in now and then over the next week or so; but if not, see you in the New Year! … [Read more...]

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