Summa Shorts: “Death Buy Lemonade”


I love today’s short for two reasons. (At least.) First, it’s Monday, so the mood on display here is a pretty accurate reflection of how I usually feel this early in the work week. Even down to the “I might be cute, but you’d better not get in my way right now” bit. Except I’m [Read More...]

Remembering the Sound of Hal Douglas


Hal Douglas passed away last week. Who, you ask? Hal Douglas. Yes, you know him. Or at least you know what he sounded like. From his NY Times obituary: Mr. Douglas was known for a generation in the voice-over industry as one of the top two or three go-to talents, along with Don LaFontaine, the most prolific, [Read More...]

The Fruit Dove: One of Nature’s Sharpest Dressers


Before today, I had no idea Fruit Doves even existed. Now that I know, though, I’m the richer for it. The fruit doves, also known as fruit pigeons, are a genus (Ptilinopus) in the pigeon and dove family (Columbidae). These colourful, frugivorous doves are found in forests and woodlands in Southeast Asia and Oceania. It is [Read More...]

Sam Rocha’s “Late to Love”


That’s Sam Rocha. He’s a Patheotte. An Academic. A Soul-Singer. And most of all, he’s a soul-searcher. He’s got a Ph.D. And a Kickstarter project for a SoulBluesJazzFunkFolk/Gospel album called “Late to Love.” An album that takes its name from St. Augustine’s “Confessions.” A project with the stated intention of making “the craft of the music its main priority.” [Read More...]

Yes, Virginia. They Do Get Older.


The boys made breakfast this morning, because Mardi Gras. In the past, that’s usually meant something like this: And this: And this: And all too quickly, this: Which invariably leads to this: Or this: And this: Followed by this, all ’round: But today, when I woke up, it was this: And this: Quickly followed by [Read More...]

Appropriate Title? There Is None.


Elizabeth is always reminding us Catholic Patheosi to be thoughtful about our post titles. Well, I thought about this one for a couple of days, and finally decided that there is no title that could possibly prepare you for this musical …thing. None. Why am I posting it, you ask? Just look at it. That’s [Read More...]

Sonic Wonders with Trevor Cox

Trevor Cox

I don’t listen to the radio much. I live in a small town, so I’m never driving anywhere for more than about 5-6 minutes at a time. And I walk to work, so there’s no “commute listening” that goes on. (I do listen to podcasts all the time, but that’s a) different, and b) a [Read More...]

Prepping for The Oscars


This Sunday will be the 86th running of the Academy Awards – or as we like to call them in my house: “The Annual, Soul-Crushing Opportunity To Be Reminded That Roger Deakins Doesn’t Have A Golden Statue Yet And Probably Won’t Get One This Year, Either.” No, I’m not bitter. Not at all. (OK, yes I [Read More...]

What Sundays Sound Like with Seven Boys


This weekend was pretty typical fare for the Susanka Seven and their handlers…er…parents. My activities included (but were not limited to): Spearheading the instantly-legendary ice-fishing and fish hatchery expedition; Providing transportation (and motivation) for the paper routes; Ensuring the three eldest served the required range of Sunday (and Vigil) Masses; Shopping for a terrifying amount [Read More...]

Short and Sweet. A Sweet Short. Oh, And Grasshoppers.


This is fantastic. (Or, as my kids would say, “This is AWESOME!!!”) My first inclination is to want more. But then I realize how much of its charm is connected to its length. So I’ll just settle for “More marvelous animation from Wayne Unten.” Out. [Read more...]