Packing for the Final Journey

An Irish wake

Last week my father asked me to plan his funeral. He’s dying, he knows he’s dying, and he just wants to get on with it already. He’s a practical man, and doesn’t want the burden to fall to my mother or anyone else at a time when everyone is already upset. I waved him off, [Read More...]

7 Things I Liked in 2012

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I don’t “do” New Year’s. It’s a lame un-holiday, notable only for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. We usually watch an old movie, eat snacks, and go to bed. It is, however, a useful time for looking back on the Year That Was, seeing who died, and remembering all the awful things that [Read More...]

Thanks, Y’all

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I’ve never been one of those folks who, come Thanksgiving, likes to make lists of all the things for which I’m thankful. I just kind of think of them and rhetorically wave in their general direction and give a thumbs up.  See, there are all kinds of things I like, such as good food, beer, and [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...]

CyberKnife and the Wonders of Modern Medicine

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A number of my posts to date have been an attempt to put a pin in the party balloon of techno-Utopianism, which might lead some readers to think I’m some kind of Luddite squatting in a corner making the sign of the cross to ward off iPhones and refusing to get my children proper medical care because antibiotics are [Read More...]

Desk Meme UPDATED

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My fellow Register writer Jennifer Fulwiler is inspiring people to post pictures of their desks, which is one of those silly little things that always interests me. I have two desks. This drop-down desk is in my bedroom, and it’s the one I use most often. It closes up nice and neat so I have [Read More...]

Faith in the Digital Age

Our lives increasingly are defined by technology. This is not news. These words are not printed in black ink on folded broadsheets made of mechanical wood pulp and tossed in your driveway or hawked from streetcorners. That era is passing away, but in its time, cheap and efficient printing was a technological, world-changing revolution, able to [Read More...]


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