The HHS Mandate: Now It’s Personal.

Breaking out of book-ish mode for a moment to comment on the Health and Human Services mandate to insurers. As I was reading our Bishop’s letter contained in our church bulletin, strongly urging people to protest the HHS edict which demands that sterilization, abortifacients and contraception be included in virtually all health plans. No religious [Read More...]

Lagniappe: Velvet Elvii

From my quote journal, a little bookish humor. “I am the foremost collector of velvet Elvii in the city of Chicago,” I said at once. “Elvii?” Marcone inquired. “The plural could be Elvises, I guess,” I said. “But if I say that too often, I start muttering to myself and calling things ‘my precious,’ so [Read More...]

Old Versus New: Middle Eastern Food

I have been reading Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon by Claudia Roden. It is fine as it goes with introductory pages for each country, sumptuous photography and exotic recipes. However, I was left cold as somehow I didn’t feel Ms. Roden’s personality shining through. If one wants a cookery manual, this is [Read More...]


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