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.

Magical Murmurations


These fantastical phenomena are pretty much my favorite things ever. 1.An act or instance of murmuring 2. A flock of starlings (The following video, which inspired today’s outburst, comes with a 1080p HD option. Take it. And full-screen would surely not be amiss. Volume? That’s up to you. I’m not a huge fan of the [Read More...]

I Have No Idea What’s Going On In This Picture. But I’m All For It!

Crazy James

This is James. James the Fifth. And he’s looked pretty much like this  – off-and-on, but-mostly-on — for a couple of days now. And I’m going to allow it. In fact, to be honest, I’m actually encouraging it. Just a little. First off, because I have glasses, so a fellow framerer in the house is fun. [Read More...]

My Favorite Mozart


Mozart was born 259 years ago today. It was a Tuesday (apparently). And it created waves in the musical world that are being felt to this day. Also, I don’t have a “favorite Mozart.” That’s pretty much an impossible task. What I do have, though, is something I’ve been streaming at work today in honor of [Read More...]

SSF: “Helium Harvey”


I might be posting today’s Summa Short Film (SSF) almost entirely because I know that Cormac (Son #6) will think it’s hilarious. Might be, I said. Might not be, though. So don’t judge me. Also, I realize this description’s a trifle literal, but stick with it. You won’t be sorry. Helium Harvey is a curious boy [Read More...]

SVS: “Get Low”


“I guess for every one like me, there’s one like you, son. I about forgot that.” I recently had the opportunity to gather with a few cinepheliac friends for a re-watch of one of my favorite films from 2009: the Aaron Schneider-helmed, Robert Duvall-showcasing Get Low, which is currently streaming on both NETFLIX INSTANT and YOUTUBE($). And is also available [Read More...]

A Day of Lamentation and Bitter Weeping


Every Life is a Gift. #marchforlife — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 22, 2015 In all the Dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right [Read More...]

Max Zorn: Using the Familiar in Astonishing Ways


“I wanted to use street lamps as an urban gallery and I wanted to use the darkness as the setting around my artwork.” That quote (and image) come from one Max Zorn. Max is an artist; a street artist from Amsterdam, in fact. And his medium is brown packing tape. The material I use is brown packing [Read More...]

SSF: “My Mum is an Airplane”

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Well, isn’t this just as charming as all get-out?  A young boy imagines his mother to be an airplane who travels to exotic lands. Attribution(s): All artwork, publicity images, and stills are the property of Yulia Aronova, who made this work available via a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) license. [Read more...]

Ol’ Man Willow’s Got a Brand New Coat


So, it didn’t exactly snow last night. But I’m not sure it rimed, either. Or hoarfrosted, because there wasn’t much in the way of ice. It was more like feathering. But whatever it did, it was gorgeous. Attribution(s): Me. [Read more...]

GUEST POST: Being Charlie Hebdo


Taking a moment from my website restructure to share a friend’s thoughts on the recent tragedy in Paris. (We’ll call this friend “Mrs. Joe.”) Before yesterday, I had never heard of Charlie Hebdo.  Would that that were still true. My first exposure to it, coming almost simultaneously with the news of the massacre at its offices, was [Read More...]