"'Every day I say a prayer of thanksgiving,' Mrs. Cope said. 'Think of all we have. Lord,' she said and sighed, 'we have everything,' and she looked around at her rich pastures and hills heavy with timber and shook her head as if it might all be a burden she was trying to shake off her back."Mrs. Pritchard studied the woods. 'All I got is four abscess teeth,' she remarked."'Well, be thankful you don't have five,' Mrs. Cope snapped and threw back a clump of grass." --Flannery O'Connor, "A … [Read more...]


WHAT DRINK ARE YOU? I'm a Black Velvet. Via Dave Tepper. … [Read more...]


PREACHING IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE BODY: An excellent Washington Post piece on our ailing Pope. Moving and theologically rich. Via Amy Welborn. … [Read more...]


BLOGORAMA: Unqualified Offerings has the report. Julian Sanchez has the photos. It was fun. Am still chewing over the Eve/UO same-sex marriage argument; more on that, of course, later on this site and on the MarriageDebate site. And yeah, Hulk smash. … [Read more...]


TERRI SCHIAVO: Kausfiles is acute.Father Johansen is on the scene in Florida: "But then they added that they would physically prevent him from giving Terri communion. ..."(a) Terri is responsive to those around her, in distinctive ways (she responds to different people differently)."(b) All three doctors testified definitively and convincingly that Terri is NOT in a Persistent Vegetative State or coma. They all but begged the reporters present to stop reporting her as "brain dead" or … [Read more...]


THE ARSONIST OF THE HEART: Two related poems, both hardcore and hard-hitting, from Dappled Things and the Old Oligarch. Neither one grabbed me stylistically, but each had several ferocious images that made me glad I'd read 'em. … [Read more...]


Counting flowers on the wall Doesn't bother me at all Playing solitaire 'til dawn With a deck of fifty-one Blogging cigarettes and watching "Captain Kangaroo"-- Don't tell me I've nothing to do!...Amy Welborn: Healing after clerical sexual abuse.Relapsed Catholic: Review of Michael Rose's new book about good priests. Forthright.Sean Collins: Fascinating reviews of "Eyes Wide Shut" and "Barton Fink," both of which I'll probably rent soon based on his posts. Also, essays on sound in "The … [Read more...]