The peculiar Catholicism of Roger Ebert

The Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic takes note of recent papal news, waxes nostalgically about his Catholic upbringing (complete with Dominican nuns) and then concludes: I consider myself Catholic, lock, stock and barrel, with this technical loophole: I cannot believe in God. I refuse to call myself an atheist, however, because that indicates too great a [Read More…]

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An evangelical confesses: “I’m a wanna-be Catholic”

Charles Redfern spills the beans over at HuffPo: It’s time I come clean. I’m an evangelical with a secret. A covert “real me” peaks from the shadows and longs to leap into the sunlight. World events compel me to throw caution to the wind and blare my confession: I’m a wanna-be Catholic. There. I feel [Read More…]

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Historic: photographer Steve McCurry shoots the last roll of Kodachrome film ever produced

I suspect there’s a good homily buried in here somewhere. But check this out: photographer Steve McCurry’s online album of images from the last roll of Kodachrome.  (cue the Paul Simon music!) Below is an intriguing video account of his journey.  How would he decide what shots to take, with only 36 images to choose [Read More…]

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Would you give this man bread?

Periodically, I’ve posted images here by the great French water color artist, James Tissot.  His epic undertaking on the life of Christ is collected in the Brooklyn Museum, which periodically hosts special showings of his work. One striking image has bearing on today’s gospel: it’s called “Jesus Tempted in the Wilderness.”  Along with Tissot’s keen eye [Read More…]

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“Ashes to Go”: Episcopalians take to the streets for Ash Wednesday

An interesting glimpse at how our Episcopalian siblings marked the beginning of Lent—and their foreheads—in Maryland, from the Baltimore Sun: Leta Dunham got her breakfast order to go at a Roland Avenue Starbucks Wednesday morning: a grande triple skim latte in her cup and, on her forehead, an ashen reminder that we are all destined to become [Read More…]

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Next time you tap out a phone number, thank John Karlin

He’s the wizard who came up with all-number dialing and was the pioneer of the touch-tone telephone.  He died last month at the ripe age of 94:  His research, along with that of his subordinates, quietly yet emphatically defined the experience of using the telephone in the mid-20th century and afterward, from ushering in all-digit [Read More…]

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Firefighters sworn in on an iPad

Check this out: Four Atlantic City, N.J., firemen were promoted to the rank of battalion chief Friday morning. But when officials at City Hall couldn’t find a Bible for the oath of office, they decided to use an iPad Bible app instead. Read more and see video here.   [Read more…]

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Blizzard reminder: if the weather is bad, you can miss Mass—UPDATED

Boston is taking the lead, as the blizzard nears:  The Boston Archdiocese is urging parishioners to “use good judgment” when deciding whether to travel to Sunday Mass in the wake of the massive snow storm hitting the region. Blizzard conditions and up to 3 feet of snow are forecast in the Boston area during the storm, which [Read More…]

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Watch what this guy paints in 90 seconds

This fellow, D. Westry, is just amazing.   Check out this bewildering performance on Anderson Cooper’s talk show last year.  What looks like abstract doodling becomes something else. [Read more…]

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Meeting Paul Harvey

Those who loved the Dodge RAM/Paul Harvey Super Bowl ad — “So God made a farmer”—will appreciate this remembrance of the great radio personality by another great radio personality, Larry McCoy.  Larry hired me as a writer when he was the News Director of CBS Radio back in the 1980’s.  He posted the following on [Read More…]

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