For here I am sitting in a blogwatch, Far above the world...I've been under the weather the past couple of days, hence light posting. Basically recovered now. Mood: growly. Definitely #17.Cacciaguida on same-sex friendships, and also opera.El Camino Real replies to my reply to his reply to me. I will get growlier if I respond, and I think we may have reached the limits of our shared premises anyway, so I'll just give you the link.Old Oligarch: Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder... … [Read more...]

you and i have unfinished business: Disturbing search requests, from Peiratikos. Hilarity.Current mood: still #7 with a hint of #16. … [Read more...]

BEHIND THE CRICKET PAVILION AND THE BICYCLE SHEDS: I'd like to thank everyone who has offered commentary (whether critical, complimentary, or both) on my "Not Exactly Natural" post below. Here I will ramble through my thoughts on the various replies. This post will be both unusually theoretical and extraordinarily disorganized, because a) I don't have time to organize it and b) I'm still trying to figure out what I think of all this. So, forewarned is half an octopus. Let's go.RASHOMONOLOGUE. … [Read more...]

YESTERDAY: #14. AN HOUR AGO: #17. NOW: #7. A little bit of this and a little touch of that.1) Cacciaguida has an "opera for klutzes" post here.2) I saw my first living "al-ciQaedas" yesterday. They really don't swarm much downtown--thank goodness.3) For the three people actually reading "Kissable Pictures," I should note that a) I'm definitely changing the order of the scenes to track chronological order instead of jumping around in time, and b) the most recent scene I posted should really … [Read more...]

"KISSABLE PICTURES": THE TIDE IS HIGH, BUT I'M HOLDING ON. In which there's less rock, more talk.The chronology here is weird. The Virginia Beach scene in this episode takes place before the Manassas concert scene in the prior installment. I'm not sure if or how I'll rearrange it in the final draft.As is fast becoming traditional for this story, the prose does what it has to do but nothing more. No, I'm not satisfied. I'll fix it in post....Anyway, in this installment we learn what is up … [Read more...]

"But He does more than say to adore Him. 'Take and eat, take and drink: for this is My Body, this is My Blood. They have been given for you.' We are allowed to receive Christ's bodily presence within us, His Body and Blood mingling with our own, His perfect humanity reforming our cracked humanity, His divinity slowly making us divine. Before the Last Supper, this was an intimacy that not even the Apostles had. This is a privilege that, even now, the angels do not share. You take within your … [Read more...]

THE WISDOM OF THE TICK! Via Ratty. … [Read more...]