Louis Armstrong, Just Because

I've been hearing a lot of Louis Armstrong songs recently; and I wanted to share some of my favorites. These are all classic songs from the "Great American Songbook", but Satchmo's delivery is distinctive and all his own. Give him a few minutes, okay?"A Kiss to Build a Dream On":"La Vie en Rose":With Ella Fitzgerald, "Dream a Little Dream of Me" (don't miss this one):They knew how to sing 'em in those days. … [Read more...]

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Steven Brust on Being at Peace with Yourself

I remember being accosted on Forbes and Murray in Squirrel Hill by a Buddhist who expressed a desire to know if I wanted to be at peace with myself. I didn’t answer him, and I didn’t think much about it until I was reminded, thirty or forty years later, by a rant on the subject in a trashy sci-fi novel I happened to read. In general, I agree with the author of said trashy sci-fi novel: I don’t want to be at peace with myself. I want to be fighting with myself, struggling, looking for answers; I w … [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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A Tour of Tim Powers: The Skies Discrowned and Epitaph in Rust

I had a lot of time on my hands recently, being home with the 'flu for a solid week; and when I'm home sick I usually start chain-reading. "Chain-reading" is a neologism of my own design, but I assume the meaning is obvious: I read a book, and when I turn the last page I open another book, and so on. The primary difficulty associated with chain-reading is deciding what the next book will be, so I often wind up picking a favorite author and starting at one end of the list.Toward the end of … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: Truth is not Beauty, and Vice Versa

We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.So God is remains one and metaphysically simple, although multiple names can be applied to Him; and yet, though those names all refer to Him they don't all mean the same thing.  Thomas explains,In this connection three observations are in order. The first is that the various names applied to God are not synonymous, even though they signify what is in reality t … [Read more...]

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New Book: Spiritually Able

Spiritually Able, subtitled "A Parent's Guide to Teaching the Faith to Children to Special Needs", is a new book about teaching the faith to children with special needs. (Go figure.) If you're in that category, give it a look! … [Read more...]

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Friday Video: His Cheeseburger!

Because I'm tired and feeling goofy, here's a favorite of mine from back when I used to watch VeggieTales with my little ones, back when I had little ones: Mr. Lunt, singing, "His Cheeseburger". (The VeggieTales guys really were quite funny.) … [Read more...]

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Ten Facts You Won’t Believe

Back in the day, McDonalds' shakes used to contain real wooden shakes. The SuperBowl is filmed in the same soundstage as the Moon landings. So are the Olympics. PhotoShop is really a tool for taking pictures of alternate worlds disguised as image manipulation software. Barack Obama was born in Abilene, Texas, and he doesn't want anyone to know. The airspace above Area 51 in Nevada appears on air traffic control systems as Volume 51. Benjamin Franklin invented the fax … [Read more...]

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The Mystery of the Mystical Body of Christ

This month's post at CatholicMom, on the fifth Luminous Mystery: the Institution of the Eucharist:But what is the Church? It is the mystical body of Christ, as St. Paul tells us, the body of which the Holy Spirit is the soul, and we are drawn into it by that same Eucharist. When you eat normal food, it becomes part of you; but when you eat the Body of Christ you become part of His body. … [Read more...]

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