Damien and I be chatting with Mark Shea on Radio Maria this evening!

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Mark has the details: Fellow Patheosi and National Catholic Register blogger and all around Catholic pants expert Simcha Fisher and her rambunctious crew will be on the radio with me today at 6 PM Eastern talking about all things Christmassy (and maybe Hannukkahy too). To listen to Catholic and Enjoying Live! on line go here at 6:00 PM EDT. The show is live, so feel free to call in at 1–866–333–6279 and you can chat.  And if you want to hear archived shows interviewing such folk as Sherry Wedde … [Read more...]

Christmas music I can’t wait to hear!

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Today I learned the word "macaronic," which refers to a style of work where all kinds of languages are thrown together, not necessarily in the most elegant or scholarly way. Like, apparently, a peasant dumpling. Read about and hear the rest of ten of my favorite pieces of Christmas music at the Register.  … [Read more...]

So he knocks on Raymond Chandler’s door . . .

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After seventeen years, you think you have heard all the stories, but I heard a new one this evening. Not especially Christmas-y, but I know at least a few of you who will appreciate the hell out of this.My husband's grandfather was Steve Fisher, a pulp novelist and Hollywood screenwriter and producer. Back in the 40's, he's writing the screen adaptation of Raymond Chandler's Lady in the Lake and finds himself stumped, trying to figure out certain aspects of how the mystery unfolded, and how … [Read more...]

Cheap and Easy Christmas Things that Even You Can Do!

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I assume you're already doing all the religious stuff, and have already bought, made, figured out, or given up on gifts. Here are a bunch of other nice Christmasy things you can do pretty easily, using materials that you may actually have in your house and skills you can probably muster up even at this stage of your life. SOMETHING SWEET TO EAT:Fudge recipe that doesn't require a candy thermometer.Can be dressed up with various nuts, crushed candies, flavored chips ( … [Read more...]

Calling all artists! I’m looking for Christmas artwork.

I'd love to put together a gallery of Christmas art for the Register on Christmas day. If you have a photo of a work of original art you'd be willing to share (and if you own the copyright or have permission to share online!), please drop me a line at simchafisher[at]gmail[dot]com and write "Christmas art" for the subject. I try to keep the wordiness to a minimum on Christmas, so this will just be an image and, if you like, a link to your blog or website. Thanks! … [Read more...]

That time you were so busy, you forgot you wrote that book

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Well, one chapter of it, anyway.This is so dang stupid. Right before supper, FedEx delivers a box of ten copies of Catholic and Married: Leaning Into Love , which looks good, but I have never heard of it, and I certainly didn't order ten copies. So I fire off a note to the publisher, saying that I think I got the author's shipment by mistake, and what should I do with them? Ha ha, I says to myself, I'm not the only one who flakes out from time to time! They don't even know who wrote their own … [Read more...]

Gift-Giving is so Catholic!

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 We don't want to convey to our kids that love can be bought on Amazon; but we also shouldn't try to persuade them that love is some kind of nebulous, moonshiny, spiritual quality that has very little to do with their everyday experiences. Rather than turning Christmas into a story about God vs. Happiness, the trick is to turn love and giving into part of one seamless idea.Read the rest at the Register.  … [Read more...]


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