Poodle Skirts

Poodle Skirt

I once knew a lady who house-trained poodles for poodle skirts. It's a harder job than you might think, house-training a dog who's going to be hanging on to a skirt for dear life at sock hops and the like, but she was good at it. She took her poodles to competitions and won many prizes.In the end, though, her career ended in sadness. She'd been training a truly promising poodle, almost completely flat from side-to-side, with excellent gripping skills and perfect bladder control, a poodle … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving

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...]

Woof Guide to Popular Music: The White Collar Holler

And it's oh boys, can't you code it? Huh! Program it right! Nothing every happens in this life of mine, I'm hauling up the data on the Xerox line.Considering that I'm a software engineer, and spend most of my days coding and trying to program it right, I was floored to realize that Stan Rogers wrote this energetic rant in the 1970's. Rogers is best known for sea shanties and the like, but I guess he must have had a day job punching IBM cards and doing data analysis at one … [Read more...]

Woof Guide to Obscure Catholic Music: Magisterium

Magisterium is an orchestra of sorts, with full choir, playing original compositions as well as a number of classic standards from every generation. Their members are veteran musicians drawn from every country of the world, much like The College of Cardinals, but Magisterium is a significantly larger ensemble with a great many more releases. Their original choral works are all written in Latin; but most unusually the words are translated and re-recorded in the local language before release in … [Read more...]

Woof Guide to Popular Music: Thomas Aquinas

Dominican philosopher Scholasticism was his game Summa Theologica Aquinas was his name.Well, OK, I don't suppose this can be called popular music, even if they did spoof "Venus" by Bananarama. Still, I think this counts as pretty much the most popular pop song written about Thomas Aquinas, so it's good in my book. Plus, whoever wrote the lyrics actually knew something about St. Thomas.In internet terms it's an oldie! Don't miss it if you can! … [Read more...]

Words I Wish I’d Written: Talents

Music, landscape gardening, architecture—there was no start to his talents.— Terry Pratchett, Hogfather, speaking of Bloody Stupid Johnson. … [Read more...]

Woof Guide to Obscure Catholic Music: The Conventional Friars

The Conventional Friars are a Catholic novelty band started by six sophomores from the Franciscan College of Sts. Bonaventure and Gussie in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho in the fall of 1992. The ensemble first came together for a school talent show, to a strong response from the assembled students. Despite this, they continued to appear at campus events, wearing their signature chicken suits and performing songs like "Make Me An Omelette of Your Peace" and "They'll Know We Are Chickens By Our … [Read more...]

Woof Guide to Obscure Catholic Music: Deacon Greg and the Dalmatics

New York cover band Deacon Greg and the Dalmatics is a regular sight on the charity benefit circuit, bringing their low-key mix of contemporary pop tunes and doo wop classics to galas and telethons up and down the east coast. The members of the band, Catholic deacons all, bring a straight-ahead aesthetic to their covers that makes the best use of their combined talents while respecting the source material. On particularly popular tunes the Dalmatics will occasionally add a topical reference or … [Read more...]


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