What happens when you sing "Ave Maria" to a baby?

Just what you’d expect. [Read more...]

What we have come to: doll houses for divorce?

Oh yeah. This isn’t a joke from The Onion. Kathy Schiffer has the scoop: Industrial designer Ben Forman (benformandesign.co.uk) has introduced a new dollhouse to help today’s modern preschooler prepare for the inevitable unhappy changes in her family structure.  It’s called Detacho. Detacho families, like so many contemporary American families, can reconfigure themselves, either expanding [Read More...]

"What's on your PowerBook?" Meet the Jesuit who appeared in an Apple ad

The ad above was selected as one of the best Apple ads by an editor at Huffington Post.  The Jesuit priest — Creighton University’s Fr. Don Doll, who appeared in it (along with rocker Todd Rundgren) — dropped an e-mail about the experience to CNS: In an email titled “A bit of Creighton in Apple [Read More...]

Sultan: Muslims who attended Methodist supper will receive counseling

Who knew church suppers could be such a threat? Details: Islamic authorities will provide counseling to a dozen Malaysian Muslims to “restore their belief and faith” after they attended a community dinner at a church hall, a royal sultan said Monday. The case has triggered worries among officials in Muslim-majority Malaysia that some non-Muslims were [Read More...]

"You discover all the problems which the real Creator must have had…"

That’s how the ingenious Theo Jansen describes the experience of creating these incredible walking “Strandbeests,” powered purely by air and his own imagination.  Just watch. [Read more...]

Why aren't people in the streets protesting THIS?

This may be a first: the world’s first toy inspired by a video on YouTube.  Seriously. Why settle for the imitation when you can always watch the original?  Eighteen million hits, and counting.  See below. [Read more...]

Tweet, tweet: social media transforming weddings

It was inevitable, I guess, and now it’s getting attention from the press.  Details: As her grandfather sat pleasantly perplexed at her wedding, Lauren Barnes reached into the recesses of her strapless white gown, whipped out her iPhone and accepted her groom’s Facebook relationship change to “married.” “Nothing’s official,” she said, “until it’s Facebook official!” [Read More...]

In her footsteps: meet Dorothy Day's granddaughter

She is a Catholic activist in her own right, and recently visited Iowa State to speak. Details: Martha Hennessy is a soft-spoken woman, but her actions certainly are not. She spoke on Monday in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union, giving a speech titled “Inspiration for the 21st Century Radical” in which she discussed her [Read More...]

The hole in the floor: the burial of bishops in cathedrals

With Archbishop Philip Hannan’s funeral set for Thursday in New Orleans, the local paper looks at a venerable tradition surrounding the burial of bishops: After his funeral Mass, Hannan’s remains will be lowered into a crypt below the crimson carpet in the sanctuary in front of the altar, where he will lie alongside eight predecessors. [Read More...]

Good boy, Petey!

Anyone up for hoops?  Behold, a little game of one-on-one with a dog. [Read more...]


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