Pondering October’s Synod: “Where Have the Men Gone?”

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“Where have the actors gone? The play has ended; the curtains drawn. There’s no applauding now, no cheering crowd; No autographs, no curtain calls; An empty stage, a silent hall.” Morten Lauridsen I suppose it’s not surprising that I jumped so eagerly at the question when Elizabeth first proposed it as a topic for our symposium [Read More...]

Gone Weddin’

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Taking a week or two to head to Washington to witness. I shall return anon. Content may be scanty during the next few days. If my mostly-magical WordPress “Scheduler” function works properly, however, you shall not be left postless. …though whether that is a good or a bad thing remains to be seen. Y’all behave, now, [Read More...]

SMASH CUT TO Fourteen Years Later

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Well, that went well. …and continues to go well, actually. Really, really well. But wait a second…fourteen years? Fourteen?? Time sure flies when you’re having fun. [Read more...]

Cormac and the Five Cherry Pits

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A funny little Cormac (Sixth Son) story, which I’m putting here for safe-keeping because it’s hilarious and my memory’s horrible and I really want to remember it and thisismyblogsoI’lldowhatIwant. We got cherries in our latest co-op basket. Sarah had given them to the boys with the (usual) requirement that they put the pits and stems [Read More...]

“The Ransom of Red Chief”

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I received your letter to-day by post, in regard to the ransom you ask for the return of my son. I think you are a little high in your demands, and I hereby make you a counter-proposition, which I am inclined to believe you will accept. You bring Johnny home and pay me two hundred [Read More...]

In which I take my life in my hands…

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…by recommending a half-dozen films for young kids over at SlowMama. Why is it so risky, you ask? Because a) it’s hard, and b) parents: Few things are as nerve-racking for me as recommending films for young children. The key is knowing your audience, of course — but with youngsters, there are so many variables. …then there’s the fact [Read More...]

My Most Anticipated Film of 2015

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I can’t say for sure, because I change my mind so frequently. But it is entirely possible that my most-keenly-anticipated film for next year is this: It might not be quite true to say that this is the film from next year that I most want to watch personally, even though I am a larger-than-normal Nick [Read More...]

Definitely Not in Kansas Any More

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Last night, Son Number One  – the newly-teen-aged-one (also OMG!!!) – had his first baseball game of the season. Because we’re talking about Dominic here and he lives/breaths/dreams baseball for a couple of months before the season actually starts, it couldn’t have come a moment too soon. He was about to explode. Also, by the time [Read More...]

A New and Terrifying/Exciting/Terrifyingly Exciting Era

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They told me this day would come. And it has. At last. It’s finally happened: I am officially the father of a teenager. (With emphasis on the “Wait. How the HECK did that happen so fast???”) On the outside, I’m trying my best to respond like this: Or this: Or at the very worst, this: [Read More...]

Lifestyles of the Young and Liturgically Impressionable

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A brief account of my favorite moment from the just-completed Triduum. (Well, OK. Fine. My second-favorite moment. Right after the Paschal Vigil’s tintinnabulous Gloria, which is always my favorite moment. Because I’m a lousy Lent person.) During Good Friday’s General Intercessions, our cantor intoned “Let us kneel!” beautifully, as is his wont. And then, after an [Read More...]


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