SWIMMING THE TIBER: In the Words of Flannery O’Connor, “Here Comes Everybody!”

WHAT DO THESE PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON?Actors John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Jim Nabors, Faye Dunaway, Vincent Price, Susan Hayward and Patricia Neal Academics and intellectuals Hadley Arkes (Amherst), Mortimer Adler (Great Books), Robert Bork (Yale), G.K. Chesterton Royalty King Charles II ( Great Britain ) Artist Peter Paul Rubens Heroes of the Old West Kit Carson, Buffalo Bill and Doc Holliday Musician Dave Brubeck Politicians John Ellis (Jeb) Bush and Newt Gingrich Famed coach Knute Rockne … [Read more...]

CELEBRATING THE ANNUNCIATION IN A BIG WAY: Happy Birthday, Mr. Monaghan!

I wasn't really there, in the orphanage.  My imagination is at work and has produced, no doubt, a jumble of truths and conjecture and flourishes.  But here is the story, as I see it. *     *     *     *     * The boy was only four when his father, a truck driver, died, leaving him with his brother and his young mother to fend for themselves.  Try as she might, his mother couldn’t afford to keep her children in her care; and so when he was six she placed the boy and his younger brother in foster c … [Read more...]


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