The Dead Sea Scrolls Come to America

I wrote some quick personal reactions to the “Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times” exhibit when I first saw it. Now my full article is up at the National Catholic Register. It’s a good exhibit, and if you’re in the Philadelphia region, you need to check it out, or check in this fall [Read More...]

Medieval Bras Discovered

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Someone’s getting a whole thesis out of this one. Textiles is a difficult area of archaeology, because cloth can be hard to preserve. Our records of what women wore under their clothes is hardly complete, and most assumed that upper class women wore a combination of bodice and chemis on the top, and both genders [Read More...]

Kitty Wells, RIP

One of the pioneers of country music passed away yesterday. You don’t hear much about Kitty Wells, but before Patsy, Loretta, Dolly, or any of the other great voices of country music, she was the first solo woman artist to have a number 1 country hit. The song was “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk [Read More...]

Gaza Christians Claim Forced Conversions

Haaretz is reporting that dozens of Christians in Gaza held a rare pubic protest against persecution at the hands of Muslims. The group is claiming that two Christians were forcibly converted to Islam and are still being held against their will. The Christians rang a church bell and chanted, “”With our spirit, with our blood [Read More...]

Faith, Family, and Special Needs: An Interview with Author David Rizzo

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I first wrote about the Rizzo family back in the fall, when their Adaptive First Eucharist Kit was published by Loyola Press. Dave and Mercedes Rizzo, along with their son Brendan, created the kit to teach Reconciliation and First Eucharist to developmentally disabled children using visual and tactile tools. Arising from their experiences teaching these [Read More...]

Monday Morning Chicken

We had a broiling hot day at home while we were away last week, and since my chickens aren’t broilers, we were concerned. They get weird in the heat, bite each other’s necks like little henpires, flop over like boneless chicken, and do this freaky thing where they spread their wings out halfway, like they’re [Read More...]

Is EA Sports Trying to Exploit the Penn State/Sandusky Story?

Last year's NCAA videogame included this unfortunate name for a Penn State game

I’m still on vacation, but I wanted to share the kind of things that fill up the inbox of your average videogame reviewer. Yesterday, while I was bobbing around in a boat, drinking my beer and minding my own bidness, the PR company for EA Sports sent me a press release headlined “Play as the [Read More...]

A Thank You To My Readers, and a Bit of Housekeeping

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Thanks to all the readers who have used my Amazon links when accessing the Amazon site. It’s a small thing to do, but it yields great rewards for bloggers involved with the Amazon Affiliates program. Because of all your clicking, I was able to pick up a big, expensive tome needed for my studies: Book of Legends/Sefer Ha-Aggadah: [Read More...]


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