About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, being amazed by his (currently) lone daughter, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.

“For unto us a child is born”

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For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. [Read more...]

Tis’ the Season. The Beecham Season.

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As Christmas draws nigh, my thoughts turn (unsurprisingly) to that piece of classical music NPR DJ-extraordinaire Jim Svejda (whose mellifluous tones and not-entirely-categorizeable accent were a near-constant presence on my youthful ears) considers nearly as essential to Christmas as The Man Himself. And to the recording of that particular piece he considers nearly as essential: If [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “The Snowman”

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With gratitude to a friend who understands my obsession with beautifully hand-drawn short films (and with a suitable deference for the season before us), I offer the Oscar-nominated, BAFTA-winning version of Raymond Briggs’ “The Snowman.” From BFIScreenonline: While The Snowman‘s animation is remarkably faithful to Briggs‘s original illustrations, the animators bring the book to life, favouring a rough but vivid pencil [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “White Christmas”

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PHIL DAVIS: I don’t know what he’s up to, but he’s got that Rodgers and Hammerstein look again. BETTY HAYNES: Is that bad? PHIL DAVIS: Not bad, but always expensive. So, I realize that recommending the following film is sort of like taking candy from a baby… …but I’ve never had a problem with taking [Read More...]

Playin’ In My Jukebox: Luluc’s “Passerby”

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From Sub Pop Records, the label behind the album currently streaming through my headphones: Luluc’s “Passerby.” In a world where instant gratification is the norm, patience has become a rare commodity. But for Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett, who make up indie-folk duo Luluc (pronounced Loo-LUKE), letting things unfold in due time not only defines their career trajectory, [Read More...]

Quote of the Day, Courtesy of the Legendary Isaac Asimov (or Is It Actually “The Legendary Alan Alda?”)

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In honor of the recent publication of a 55-year-old lost-then-found essay on creativity from the legendary Isaac Asimov, here’s a thought that’s been floating around in my head for a few months now — a thought that I find particularly relevant in this increasingly siloized InterWeb World in which we live. Your assumptions are your windows [Read More...]

Boss-Level Christmas Card-ing

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Oh, good. Thanks to the folks at Birdbox Studio, my yearly excuse for not making a cool Christmas card has finally arrived. And just in time. No way I can top this, so why even try, amiright? (Somehow, I suspect the grandparents will be unconvinced by that line of reasoning.) [Read more...]

Summa Shorts: “Submarine Sandwich”

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A couple of years ago, PES (aka Adam Pesapane) created the shorted Oscar-nominated animated short of all time: “Fresh Guacamole,” clocking in at a svelte (yet amusing and highly-imaginative 1:41.) It didn’t win — that honor went to the wonderful “Paperman” – but it did call attention to its creator’s undeniable talent. So if you haven’t [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “The Man From Snowy River”

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Earlier this year, I wrote a post professing my affection for – perhaps, even, my infatuation with – Bruce Rowland’s wonderful work on the soundtrack for The Man From Snowy River. Toward the end of that same May post, I expressed my disappointment over — perhaps, even, my volcanic rage at — the fact that the film itself [Read More...]

“My Email Is a Monster”

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Via The Oatmeal, some artfully articulated truths about those every-present entities that buzz and buzz and BUZZ about our office-worker heads each and every day. (Click for the full reveal or head on over to the site itself. The whole thing’s great, but especially the last frame. The punchline. The punch in the gut.) I enjoy Inman’s work – [Read More...]


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