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...]

Summa Shorts: “Bean Pháidín”


Remember that one post where I recommended everyone watch The Secret of Kells as soon as possible? Good times; good times. Oh, wait. That was Friday? So…I guess I should give y’all have a few more days before the quiz, then. (I told you there was going to be a quiz, didn’t I?) In the meantime, [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...]

Streaming Suggestion: “The Secret of Kells”


The Secret of Kells is one of my favorite…no, wait. I’m going bigger than that. More confident. Let’s try again. *Ahem* The Secret of Kells is one of the finest animated films in recent memory. Period. (It’s also the first film I watched in New York City. And by “first,” I mean “only.”) Sprung from the fertile creative [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...]

Crossing Over with Béla Fleck


Here’s what I’m listening to right now. Also known as “what you’re listening to right now.” You’re welcome. That’s Paganini’s Allegro vivace a movimento perpetuo. But it’s not your grandfather’s Paganini. For that, I give you Gil Shaham, “The Traditionalist.” Here’s a slightly less traditional (but really fun) version from Wynton Marsalis. But wait. There’s [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Pigs Is Pigs”


When someone mentions The Walt Disney Company® in my presence, the first thing that springs to mind is never “Monstrous Media Leviathan” or “Coming-Of-Age-Princesses with Silly Singing Sidekicks.” It’s not the old-timey features like Pinocchio or Snow White or Fantasia. Nor is it one of the many live-action features that were staples of my early teen [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...]

Streaming Suggestion: “The Blue Planet”


Sometimes, I get all fired up and excited about something I’m going to recommend, only to discover that it’s not available on any of the mainstream streaming platforms. When that happens, I’m always crushed. Have to start all over again. (Yes, if I was organized/thinking clearly, I’d check first, before getting my hopes up. No, [Read More...]