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...]

IRAQ: "New Details of Prison Abuse Emerge": "Previously secret sworn statements by detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq describe in raw detail abuse that goes well beyond what has been made public, adding allegations of prisoners being ridden like animals, sexually fondled by female soldiers and forced to retrieve their food from toilets. [This sentence, believe it or not, significantly prettifies the allegations.--Eve] ..."'Do you believe in anything?' he said the soldier asked. 'I … [Read more...]

"THERE'S ROOM AT THE CROSS FOR YOU": Christianity Today has this article about Waco's Church Under the Bridge. Excerpts:Lugging backpacks and Hefty bags on Sunday at sunrise, they trickle in to the expanse of dirt and gravel under Interstate 35. Littering this city block between 4th and 5th streets in Waco, Texas are taillight shards, pigeon feathers, and at least one dead bat. The men sit mostly in solitude at the base of support columns, waiting for something to happen.More than a … [Read more...]

She took me to her parents' for a Sunday meal; Her blogwatch took one look at me and he began to squeal...I'm on the road. Be afraid--I may be near YOU!Another (Je est un autre) is a blog exploring depression and literature. When I am not completely exhausted and brain-fried, I will read it more deeply, because it looks really interesting (despite kind of cutesy italics in title). Via Mixolydian Mode, of which more in a moment.Sometime after sleep, I will add Mixolydian Mode to the … [Read more...]