WALLOWING WEDNESDAY: I actually haven't been wallowing all that much (relatively speaking). But this week's Poetry Wednesday feature would suggest otherwise. Here, have some Housman, doubtless you deserve it for your sins. (I love this poem.)I to my perils Of cheat and charmer Came clad in armor By stars benign;Hope lies to mortals And most believe her, But man's deceiver Was never mine.The thoughts of others Were light and fleeting, Of lovers' meeting Of luck or fame;Mine were of … [Read more...]


A NEW LIBERAL VISION: Krubner is part of a multiblog discussion aiming at a new, revived vision of progressive politics. There look to be many interesting posts already. I, as you know, could never sign on to any vision of "progressivism" that is willing to abandon the most vulnerable among us. But good ideas are welcome wherever they emerge, and I highly recommend this discussion to all my readers, including those who don't expect it to be their kind of thing--there's lots of good stuff there. … [Read more...]


BLOGTONES: Music for your blog. Neat! … [Read more...]


"KISSABLE PICTURES": CARELESS WHISPERS. First section of the new story. Jennifer Smith and John Smith wonder what you think of them. … [Read more...]


We are all just blogwatchers here Of our own device...Amy Welborn: The heart of the matter: "I was thinking tonight, as I was playing computer solitaire in Joseph's room, waiting for him to go to sleep, about Graham Greene and John Kerry. ..."So there's no nobility or sainthood there, but there is honesty. There's a recognition that here is the Church, and here I am, and while I may live outside of the Church and sin and cast a jaundiced eye its way--there it is and there I am. No matter … [Read more...]


"Why is it no other species but man gets bored? Under the circumstances in which a man gets bored, a dog goes to sleep." --Walker Percy, Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book … [Read more...]


EASTER IN AMERICA, II: Tonight.darkness: Lost, waiting--it takes so long for my eyes to adapt. I know there's something there, the pews and statues and pillars that I can almost see and navigate around. I almost know this place. Because we can't really tell what's going on in the dark, we have to rely on the people closer to the aisle and the altar to give us our cues: when to stand, when to sit, where to look.fire: The fire at the back of the church snaps, and glitters in one altar-server's … [Read more...]