Remember when people just used paper?

Think weddings have gotten out of control?  Behold, the most extravagantly creative (and ridiculously over-priced) wedding invitation of the moment: a customized Viewmaster, featuring snapshots of the happy couple and delivered in a cardboard box.  You can order a hundred of these for a mere $3450.  (That doesn’t include postage, for mailing them to family [Read More...]

The best movies of the last 15 years in three and a half minutes

Don’t believe me?  Just watch.  A great montage by Kees van Dijkhuizen. Pixar rocks.  It’s that simple.  Nobody does it better. [Read more...]

Study: more couples "staying over" instead of "living together"

The latest trend in romantic commitment evidently involves even less commitment than it used to. Details: Today’s generation are opting for “stayover relationships” that let them enjoy relationships without living together, a trend that appears to be slowing down the road to marriage. Research from the University of Missouri-Columbia found that instead of cohabitating, young [Read More...]

The paper people: when iCal just won't do

It sounds soooo 1985, but there is a loyal band of people who steadfastly refuse to give up their Filofaxes and DayRunners. Writer Pamela Paul has done a little anthropological study on this rare breed: Last month, I did something that not once in my 20 years as an overscheduled, neurotically punctual, paper-bound calendar keeper [Read More...]

"We call them 'Chritches'"

Well, here’s a new word for my vocabulary.  If you can’t guess what it means, see below. An upcoming TV series is raising eyebrows, and blood pressures — and writer Cathleen Falsani has some thoughts on it: When ABC recently announced it had ordered a season’s worth of a new show based on the novel [Read More...]

New poll: God's approval rating at 52%

Last time I checked, that was better than Obama.  (Though I’m told some people do get the two of them confused.) At least God doesn’t have to worry about re-election. Details. [Read more...]

Men who grieve

Men do it differently from women — and shifting demographics suggest there will be a lot more of them in the years to come. The New York Times looks at this phenomenon, and how hospitals and hospices are working to address it: The loss of a loved one is a profoundly heartbreaking experience, but it [Read More...]

One reason why my wife doesn't want to be cremated

It’s because creepy stuff like this actually does happen: A South African man awoke to find himself in a morgue fridge – nearly a day after his family thought he had died, a health official said Monday. Health department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said the man awoke Sunday afternoon, 21 hours after his family called in [Read More...]

World Youth Day: Michael Voris not approved by us

Blogger and writer Patrick Madrid uncovered this news and describes it as “perhaps unprecedented”: the organizers of WYD have officially disavowed any connection with one of the people appearing there. From the WYD web site: WYD Cultural Program Participants Must Be Endorsed by Bishops’ Conferences It has come to our attention that Michael Voris, a [Read More...]

You need a lot of balls to play here

Seriously.  The world’s highest tennis court, in Dubai. Read all about it. [Read more...]


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