"To love another person is to see the face of God…"

That’s my nominee for Best Song Lyric Ever, from the final moments of “Les Miserables.” For those who missed it: below is the thrilling finale to the 25th anniversary concert, which aired Sunday night on PBS. In a word: wow. [Read more...]

"Before I die, I want to…"

…what?  How would you finish that sentence? An artist in New Orleans has created a special installation around an abandoned building, and asked people to fill in the blanks: Check out the rest of the installation.  Clearly, this is something designed to provoke comment, and thought, and more than a little introspection. [Read more...]

Attention, carnivores: one last Friday splurge

I had a hamburger for lunch.  Next Friday: Catholics are getting ready for Lent — and so are purveyors of fish: Aw Shucks & Big Shucks restaurants, for example, will serve grilled tilapia with rice and veggies for $8.95 on Fridays during Lent. That’s two $2 off the regular price, which, ahem, would fit nicely [Read More...]

Vatican population: 572

It’s the tiniest country in the world, and most of its citizens are overwhelmingly male. Details, from CNS: Millions of citizens of countries from all over the world enter Vatican territory every year to visit the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica or catch a glimpse of the pope on a Sunday in St. Peter’s [Read More...]

This is disgusting. I want some.

Just in time for Lent, here’s something new to give up: a new flavor of Ben & Jerry’s, named in honor of late night host Jimmy Fallon and dubbed “Late Night Snack”: Previously, Ben & Jerry’s flavors have saluted such show-biz figures as Stephen Colbert (Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream), Elton John (Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road), [Read More...]

Turning a church into a home: making God's house their house

From deep in the heart of Texas, a mission church becomes a family’s home… Details: Arlene and Bob Kampmann have discussed downsizing. Those 4,000 square feet are a lot for two people. But then they wonder, who would honor the history of their house the way they have? The Kampmanns, members of St. Philip Parish [Read More...]

Dear March, come in!

Can you believe it’s March?  Neither can I.  But Emily Dickinson feels otherwise. Dear March, come in! How glad I am! I looked for you before. Put down your hat— You must have walked— How out of breath you are! Dear March, how are you? And the rest? Did you leave Nature well? Oh, March, [Read More...]

That '70's woe

Do you miss the ’70s?  Does this bring back memories? Yes, I confess: I once looked just like that.  That’s eerily similar to the kind of clothes I wore to my Catholic high school over 30 years ago. (Ah, leisure suits, too!) The horror, the horror. To see more, if you can bear it, visit [Read More...]

Separated at birth: Timothy Dolan and John Lasseter

Seriously.  Have you noticed the resemblance? The celebrated Archbishop of New York could be a dead ringer for the Oscar-winning genius behind “Toy Story” and “Cars.”  (The latter just won a Life Achievement award from the Motion Picture Academy.) [Read more...]

I'm guessing it won't be the Year of Grammar

“Come see what 2011 will be the year of.” – Wording on invitation to Apple event, reportedly launching the next generation iPad [Read more...]