Overweight Girls Are Underachievers, Study Says

Unchivalrously boiled down, this is the conclusion of a study by Christy N. Glass and Eric Reither. Women who are overweight early in life, they find, are less likely to complete college and for that reason, earn significantly less than better-proportioned. They found no such differences among men of varying sizes. As they summarize their [Read More...]

Funeral-Schmuneral, As Long As You Were Loved

Today in National Catholic Reporter, Michael Sean Winters writes that the Church is at her best at funerals. And by gum, he likes those funerals like he likes his booze — straight up, no umbrellas: Still less should those who have just lost a loved one be expected to devise an entire service. In the [Read More...]

Our Stinking Economy: A View from the Bottom

It’s pretty much unanimous: the economy will continue sucking for the foreseeable future. In Slate, Annie Lowery reports that housing prices are at a new low, private-sector job growth is falling, along with industrial production, consumer confidence and Wall Street. The good news? Any fool could have seen this coming a mile away: There is, [Read More...]

Is 80 the new 15?

According to the New York Times, the ascendance of mean girls in assisted living suggests that quite a few old, gray mares are exactly what they used to be: This phenomenon, a sort of social bullying, apparently comes as no surprise to administrators of senior apartments, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and senior centers. “What [Read More...]

Why No McMaciel’s?

For a solid 1,900 years –from Acts of the Apostles days until the mid-19th century, Christians were known for their admirably inclusive palates. Yes, Catholics and orthodox believers observed Lent, along with various days of fasting and abstinence, but these were the exceptions that proved the rule. Pity the poor Jain, for whom every day [Read More...]

Martin on Merton

In this video, Fr. Jim Martin sketches the life, and explains the appeal, of Trappist monk, peace activist and recruiting officer for the contemplative life Thomas Merton, also known as Fr. Louis, OCSO. Martin, who speaks with a biographer’s knowledge, gives due space to Merton’s intensity and combativeness, but finds him very approachable despite them [Read More...]

The Sorriest Word in the Language

My friend Rick is like an ancient manuscript in an obscure and long-dead language. His meaning, more often than not, is profound, but grasping that meaning can require a long and frustrating process of guesswork. One day he told me: “You know what word I _______ hate? What word I wish I could rip out [Read More...]

Staff Sergeant Petry Wins Medal of Honor

A Medal of Honor is the closest thing to beatification the government can bestow. It requires a display of heroic virtue, and may reflect the performance of something close to a miracle. Yesterday, the White House announced that U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Leroy Petry has beome the latest serviceperson to make the honor roll. During [Read More...]

Marian Devotion for Uptight Anglos

A friend of mine, a woman from the deep South who belongs to something called a “Bible Church,” once said she wouldn’t dream of asking the intercession of the Blessed Mother. “You never know what a woman’s going to say about you behind your back,” she explained. In Confessions of A Failed Southern Lady, Florence [Read More...]

Here I Blog; I Can Do No Other

You won’t know about me without you have visited the blog of Ms. Elizabeth Scalia during the last week of April or the first two of May. Elizabeth was away from her terminal — initially in order to travel to Rome for the beatification of John Paul II, later to nurse herself back to health [Read More...]


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