The last Army draftee retires

And we turn another page in history. From the Boston Globe: He didn’t join the Army willingly, but as Command Sergeant Major Jeff Mellinger prepares to retire, he is grateful he found his calling. Mellinger, 58, was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, and the Army believes he is the last draftee to retire, [Read More...]

The dance of life

As a July 4th prelude, how about a little George M. Cohan? These two cats weren’t exactly in their prime when they did this, but you’d never know it.  (Bob Hope was 52, James Cagney 56.)  Here’s an exuberant celebration of talent, tenacity, and pure terpsichorean joy.  It’s a reminder that, in the great dance [Read More...]

Praying for some tasty waves

A popular ritual on the West Coast is moving east, with the blessing of surf boards for the summer season. Details, from CNN: Some New York surfboards and boogie boards got a splash of holy water before hitting the waves Sunday. St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk held its first ever blessing of [Read More...]

Catholic Charities cancels event at local Hooters

Really? Yeah.  You can’t make this stuff up: A benefit for the homeless at the Downtown St. Louis Hooters restaurant drew fire and was ultimately shot down Tuesday.  The St. Patrick’s Center’s  “Dine or Donate” event was set for Thursday night. St. Patrick’s Center cancelled the event after receiving what a spokeswoman said were a [Read More...]

Leading cause of death: Chris Matthews

Actually, it’s television in general.  But I’m sure he has something to do with it. Glenn Beck, too, for that matter. Details: No one ever claimed that watching TV was healthy, but doctors are only now discovering just how bad it can be. Evidence from a spate of recent studies suggests that the more TV [Read More...]

Making a little history: meet the world's shortest man

The folks who keep track of these things set out to measure him recently.  Check out the video below.  I have to say, there’s something endearing and sweet about his smile.  This is a guy who doesn’t seem perturbed by the challenge God has given him. Details: Weighing 11 pounds and standing just under 2 [Read More...]

Yes, I took that shot with a camera phone

It’s amazing what these little marvels can do now.  This morning, while biding my time in the rectory between baptism intakes, I took the shot this below with my Android EVA Smartphone from Sprint.  It’s a figurine on a top shelf in the rectory office. You can click on the image to enlarge. How’d I [Read More...]

What the world has come to: teen sells kidney for an iPad

Well, at least he waited until the second version came out.  But what happens when iPad3 is released?? Details: Apple lovers are known for their somewhat radical devotion to any new products the company introduces, but selling body parts to afford them is definitely something new — and scary. According to Global Times, a youngster in [Read More...]

Off the hook: should we give up more than just meat on Fridays?

While some bishops are calling for a return to the discipline of giving up meat on Fridays, at least one writer says we should skip fish, too. Snip: Catholic bishops in the U.K. want to reinstate year-round meatless Fridays, which sounds great to me, except for one thing: They still seem to think that fish are [Read More...]

Check the forecast: man builds replica of ark

No, it’s not “Evan Almighty.”  But it’s been quite a production. Details, from the New York Times: If Noah had run into the modern nanny state, or nimby, or a few of the other obstacles that Johan Huibers has been facing, the animal kingdom might look a lot different today. Mr. Huibers, 60, the successful [Read More...]


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