“Surely, you want those guest towels I embroidered with the Eight Beatitudes?”

In today’s New York Times, Margaret Carlson captures an experience all-too-familiar to many of us: packing up the family home to sell it.  It’s gorgeous and heart-breaking. Carlson has the makings here of a great memoir: I had left the house exactly as it was and exactly as they wished, with my brother, Jimmy, brain-damaged [Read More...]

The latest Trappist business: ice cream

They’ve given us everything from fruitcake and fudge to candy and soap and even bonsai trees and caskets.   (Of course, let’s not forget ale!) Now, the Trappists are getting into the ice cream business.  Details:  Scrumptious cookies, artisan butter, and fine butter-based candies: these are some of the products of Hokkaido’s Trappist abbey for [Read More...]

Study says Catholic regions of U.S. more likely to pick risky stocks

Maybe it has something to do with faith? From Financial Post:  Fish on Fridays, mass on Sundays, and risky mutual fund management throughout the week. That’s what a new study from the University of Georgia and Southern Methodist University says about funds based in predominantly Catholic areas of the U.S. “You would think generating profits [Read More...]

Pope gets his first electric car

Details:  Pope Benedict XVI is now a bit greener. The 85-year-old pontiff was presented with his first electric car on Wednesday, a customized white Renault Kangoo for jaunts around the gardens of the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo. Benedict has been dubbed the ‘‘green pope’’ for his environmental concerns, which have been a hallmark of [Read More...]

A delicious idea: restaurant offers discount to diners who don’t use cell phones

Check this out:  It’s a common picture, a group of people sitting at a table for dinner with all the common tools in hand: fork, knife and of course, the cell phone. A Los Angeles restaurant looks to break down the walls that seem to be getting in the way of the intimate dining experience [Read More...]

Neil Armstrong, Muslim??

Some urban legends just refuse to give up the ghost. Google “Neil Armstrong and religion” and you’ll see dozens of postings on blogs and message boards asking the question, “Is Neil Armstrong a Muslim?” A good overview of the myth, and the truth, here: A few years ago, Armstrong participated in the Global Leadership Forum [Read More...]

NY Times: Does the world really need men?

Op-ed writer Greg Hampikian, a professor of biology and criminal justice, argues maybe not: If a woman wants to have a baby without a man, she just needs to secure sperm (fresh or frozen) from a donor (living or dead). The only technology the self-impregnating woman needs is a straw or turkey baster, and the [Read More...]

Muppet puppeteer Jerry Nelson dies

The man who created and voiced one of my favorite Muppets — The Count — has gone to the great felt factory in the sky. Details: Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer who gave voice to dozens of characters on “Sesame Street,” “Fraggle Rock” and “The Muppet Show,” died at home in Cape Cod, Mass., on Thursday [Read More...]

The New York Times discovers an odd species: chaste Christians

And their superstar, evidently, is Tim Tebow. Clearly, to the Times, this is an aberration that defies logic and deserves closer scrutiny. Details: Trinity Laurel moved to Manhattan at 21 to pursue a modeling career. Raised in a Christian home, Laurel was a virgin when she reached the city, and says she has “remained pure” [Read More...]

Something new to give up for Lent!

Wow.  Pizza + Cinnabon = ???? A hard-working foodie at Zagat’s decided to check it out: Since its founding in 1985, “Life Needs Frosting” has been the mantra forCinnabon, the bakery synonymous with the gold standard of cinnamon rolls worldwide. But this month, things have taken a savory turn at Atlanta’s Cumberland Mall location, a testing [Read More...]


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