Among The Catholic Writers and Marketers

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Yesterday I took a day and traveled into the wilds of central Jersey to attend the Catholic Writers Conference and Catholic Marketing Network. I was invited by the wonderful Margaret Rose Realy … well, actually, my daughter’s cupcakes were invited, and I had to tag along to set them up. Margaret had seen my girl’s award-winning [Read More...]

John Donne Has Something to Tell You…

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The 54-Day Rosary Novena

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If you just want the text of the devotion without my commentary, go here. I have little patience for “never-fail” devotions. In fact, I think they’re superstitious and presumptuous, and thus deeply offensive. God is not a gumball machine and prayer is not the coin you turn in the slot to make your desire come [Read More...]

Divination: A Fable

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Okay, folks: it’s the busy time of the year: I have to write a paper on Pope Benedict and complete a large magazine supplement in the next couple of weeks. Plus, you’re all on vacation anyway, right? Well, you should be. So, I’ll leave you with something light. I love folk tales and fables, and [Read More...]

Try Some French Accordion Music! You’ll Like It!

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Gaga? Beliebers? One Dimension [sic]? That Chick From That Disney Show Who’s Now a Complete Tart? They’re all history, man.  The youth are abandoning them in droves because they know what all sensible people should know: music comes from the heart, not the boardroom. It’s not a commodity to be processed, auto-tuned, packaged, and pimped [Read More...]

Jew-Hating Has-Been Wants You To Pay Attention To Him

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I used to love Pink Floyd and Roger Waters. I collected everything, spent countless hours listening to them, and paid good money to see Waters solo in concert twice (Hitchhiking and Radio KAOS tours).  It’s funny, but I started listening to them less and less–particularly the later, Waters-dominated material–as I got older and recognized the [Read More...]

Lost Techs of Ancient Rome and Renaissance England

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One of the more persistent myths is the idea of continual progression: man advances, building on the great wisdom of those who came before. This notion of movement towards an achievable ideal is one of the more charming delusions of liberalism. I really do wish it were true, and that mankind was advancing towards a [Read More...]

Jane Austen to Replace Darwin on the Ten-Pound Note UPDATE

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Score! Here it is:  My late, beloved cousin, friend, and mentor J. David Grey (Austen expert and co-founder of the Jane Austen Society) is doing a victory lap in heaven. I’m so pleased I’m not even going to take a poke at Richard Dawkins, except to say the world needs more Jane Austens than Charles [Read More...]


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