Day 7 of the Tin Cup Rattle

Has this blog been a source of good for you that you can’t find anywhere else? Then please consider a gift to and click on the donate button to the right so that we can our kids get fed, clothed, housed, eddicated and so forth. You can either make a straight donation or, if you like [Read More...]

Day 6 of the Tin Cup Rattle

You guys are so wonderful! Thanks for your generosity the lights are close to staying on in the Pits of Despair for another month! I’ve already given you the info on how to keep the blog on the air and where to get the books, so I won’t bore you with that again. But I [Read More...]

Day 5 of the Tin Cup Rattle

You’ve grown accustomed to my blog It always makes your day begin You’ve grown accustomed to the links the comments and hijinx My smiles, my frowns My ups, my downs Are second nature to you now Like breathing out and breathing in You were serenely independent And content, before we met Surely you could always [Read More...]

Day 4 of the Tin Cup Rattle

On this blog, you get to argue about Combox Experts, read St. Francis de Sales say: “On the contrary, the evil spirit is turbulent, rough, disturbing; and those who follow infernal suggestions, thinking that they are heavenly inspirations, as a rule are easily identified, because they are loud, headstrong, proud, ready to undertake or meddle [Read More...]

Good Morning! It’s Day 3 of the Quarterly Tin Cup Rattle

In the past couple days, you got to discuss stuff you can’t hardly discuss anywhere else, cuz there aren’t too many blogs with this mix of Catholic theology and daffy pop culture cogitations. Tomorrow, who knows? I might find just about anything, or blather about anything else, as well as peruse other fun stuff that [Read More...]

Good Morning! It’s Day 2 of the Tin Cup Rattle

This is one of those (please God) increasingly rare times where I ask for some small support for my efforts to provide you with the sort of Catholic content, newsiness, fun, and so forth that is this blog. We Sheas are in more than normal narrow financial straits at present. I am a writer (and [Read More...]

Tin Cup Rattle, Day 1

Since I do, in fact, hate coffee, I will insert in panel 3 the words “Whatever shall I do with all this money I’ve earned?” Things are pretty tight this quarter due to a harmonic convergence of taxes, school, Obamacare, health costs, and car woes.  If you appreciate what you find here and want to [Read More...]

Tin Cup Rattle, Day 7

I am back to work today cranking out more stuff and trying to meet the bills. I’ve got several pieces to write and still have the books (mine and ghostly) hanging over my head. So I will be busy and scarce. Please, if you can help us out during this very dry summer the whole [Read More...]

Tin Cup Rattle, Day 6

Clerihews! Brandon Vogt! Noodling the Eighth Commandment! Liz Lemon! Frat Boy Swine! St. Thomas! Mike Flynn! Spies! Stupid Jokes! Theological musings! You don’t get what you get here anywhere else. And to have sufficient food, clothing, shelter, and internet access for me to keep providing it, I need money to do that. If you like [Read More...]

Tin Cup Rattle, Day 5

The work plow continues to forge its way through mounds of work and quadrillions of electrons in the struggle to keep our kids in sneakers and sandwiches. We deeply appreciate the generosity of all you guys, not only to us, but to the various readers who write in with all sorts of different needs. To [Read More...]

Tin Cup Rattle, Day 4

Honest.  I wouldn’t ask if we weren’t extremely tight financially.  And when I’m not scribbling here, I’ve been editing five books, ghost-writing a couple more, and cranking out work for various mags, newspapers and periodicals.  Please consider helping an emphatically lower middle class writer keep his smart alec kids in tennis shoes and burritos. (Funny [Read More...]

Tin Cup Rattle, Day 3

Here at CAEI, you get to discuss just about anything, ponder the Church’s relationship to Islam, help a mother and her kids, find out about Tom McDonald’s history of Tarot, watch Richard Dawkins go stark staring mad, and gab about lotsa other stuff. And, of course, there’s the convivial atmosphere of the comments boxes where [Read More...]