“Remembering Steve”

Those who clicked on the Apple home page today saw this lovely, poignant tribute to the company’s founder, who died one year ago today. [Read more...]

Who we are: the latest statistics on U.S. Catholics

The USCCB has just posted the latest figures. Details: How many Catholics are there in the United States? What was the total enrollment of Catholic elementary and high schools in the United States last year? How many people are served by Catholic hospitals annually? The answers to these questions (77.7 million, 2 million and 88.5 [Read More...]

Awesome: a human Rube Goldberg machine

This is what happens when you have too much free time on your hands. You think up stuff like this. This is brought to you by the advertising geniuses behind Red Bull. Do not try this at home. [Read more...]

10 ways Vatican II shapes the Church today

From the USCCB comes this list, in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II, which will be marked next week. This piece was put together by Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans, who chairs the bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship.  (I’m pleased to see that he mentions deacons, of course…) The [Read More...]

Tired of people using cell phones during dinner? Try this.

It’s called the “Phone Stacking Game.”  Let’s see if it catches on: [Read more...]

World’s coolest subway car

Imagine my surprise to step on the S train shuttle from Times Square to Grand Central Station this afternoon and encounter the car shown here. It’s an advertising schtick from Ask.com, but every car on the line is decorated with wallpaper to make it look like a Victorian library. Beer bottles, vomit and candy bar [Read More...]

“Changing Room:” watch one woman lose 160 pounds, one iPhone photo at a time

Her name is Julia Kozerski, and she documented her weight loss (and struggles with body image) on her website using just the camera on her telephone: Following my wedding in July 2009, I decided to make a series of changes to my lifestyle in order to lose weight. During the year that followed, I successfully [Read More...]

Duly noted in the wedding announcements…

A former boss from CBS sent this my way, noting: “I found the description of the living arrangements and book title amusing…” From yesterday’s New York Times:  Trevor Douglas McLaren and Owen Patrick Ryan were married Saturday in Washington. Guy Cecil, the executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and a Universal Life minister, [Read More...]

Random act of kindness: bus driver gives shoes to homeless man

It happened in Winnipeg, Canada, but the story is quickly spreading around the globe. A Canadian TV report below tells what happened: [Read more...]

Leave the gun, take the cannoli

At last, something to go with my Candy Corn Oreos. There’s a four letter word for this. Bliss.   [Read more...]


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