When WH Auden Helped Dorothy Day

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Edward Mendelson, WH Auden’s executor, offers this anecdote in his article “The Secret Auden”: At times, he went out of his way to seem selfish while doing something selfless. When NBC Television was producing a broadcast of The Magic Flute for which Auden, together with Chester Kallman, had translated the libretto, he stormed into the producer’s [Read More...]

CRS Rice Bowl [App o the Mornin']

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Remember getting your little cardstock rice bowls each year at CCD class, folding them into shape, and dropping in change to support Operation Rice Bowl? You can still do that (and you should) but you can also bring the practice into the 21st century with Catholic Relief Service’s Rice Bowl app (iPhone/Android: free). CRS has [Read More...]

Child’s Play Charity Sets New Record

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When the creators of the popular web comic Penny Arcade created the Child’s Play initiative in 2003, they had no idea how big it would get. That first year they raised $250,000 in toys and money for kids at the Seatlle Children’s Hospital to “make the holidays a little bit brighter for the kids in [Read More...]

#FitchtheHomeless: “Does he think this is a zoo?”

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My post on the “Fitch the Homeless” video got a lot of shares and more than the usual amount of comments, most of them disagreeing with me, and a fair number of them calling me bad names in unprintable language. I don’t really have much to add, but one commenter who works with the homeless [Read More...]

“Fitch” the Homeless? No Thanks

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This video is going viral: A lot of people I like and respect are sharing it and saying “right on.” When I first watched, I thought it seemed like a fun bit of payback for the despicable behavior of clothing company Abercrombie & Fitch. On a second viewing, however, it began to leave a bad [Read More...]

Web Comic Crowd-Sources Tesla Museum

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Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal has followed up his embarrassing anti-religion comic by doing a good thing. He’s organized a crowd-funded campaign called “Let’s Build a G*******d Tesla Museum” in order to buy the location of Nikola Tesla’s last lab and build a museum dedicated to the man who changed the 20th century. Inman set a goal [Read More...]


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