The Triumphant Return of Mickey Mouse


After a frenzied few weeks of Papal watching and analysis (followed by the “Peace-o-Mind”-preserving decision to step back and settle into “Let’s Just Wait And See” mode), I find myself returning my blog to its regularly-scheduled (if a bit flippant, in contrast) programming. And so — a week or two later than I’d originally intended — a [Read More...]

Spending My Thursday Afternoon with Thomas A. Arne


This afternoon’s office insanity was set to the musical ramblings of Baroque master Thomas Arne, highlighted by Trevor Pinnock’s performance of this Presto movement from his Keyboard Sonata #6.”But who,” you ask, “is Thomas Arne?” “Who’s Thomas Arne?” I respond, shocked. “Thomas Augustine Arne? ‘Rule, Britannia!’ and ‘A-Hunting We Will Go?’ How could you possibly not know about [Read More...]

The Wonderfully Weird World of Spring Training Baseball

Angels Brewers Spring Baseball.JPEG-06338

Yesterday afternoon, in a Spring Training tilt between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (and Potentially The City of Industry), Major League Baseball fired its latest salvo in the ongoing battle to ensure that the phrase “THAT’S something you don’t see every day” never goes out of style: With apologies to [Read More...]

From One Father to Another, Gratitude


I consider it an honor and an even greater blessing to have been named after Saint Joseph. As a father (and as a man), I can think of no better patron: St. Joseph was called by God to serve the person and mission of Jesus directly through the exercise of his fatherhood. It is precisely [Read More...]

Musical Meditation for the Feast of St. Patrick


I’ve got to admit that my life haven’t felt particularly Lenten of late. The anticipation, excitement, and joyful celebration of Papam Week 2013 has dominated the last few days, and I’ve been struggling to return to a more “liturgically-appropriate” frame of mind ever since. Ironically, today’s feast — traditionally a time of great/excessive celebration — [Read More...]

Checking Into The Weekend, New Pope in Tow

Pope Francis' first day on the job

It’s been quite a week, hasn’t it? My Fridays are a bit unfocused under the most ordinary of circumstances, and the roiling emotions of the past few weeks have been anything but ordinary. (Think we’ve had it crazy? Try imagining what life’s been like for Monsignor Guido Marini over the past month or so. Monday’s “Extra Omnes” moment [Read More...]

Watching with the Family as Papal History Unfolds

Happy Francis

I love the fact that we must wait to learn the identity of the new pope. In this explosively-expanding technopoly of ours, having to wait seems borderline absurd. We use our cell phones to help diagnose and treat diseases, but when the Catholic Church wants to notify its members of the most important decision it [Read More...]

No Commentary Necessary — “Habemus Papam” Edition


Yes, I know it’s Lent. But come on, people. We have a pope! Bonus Celebratory Music: Palestrina’s “Tu es Petrus” — always beautiful, but particularly appropriate today. Tu es Petrus et super hanc petram ædificabo ecclesiam meam et portæ inferi non prævalebunt adversus eam. Et tibi dabo claves regni cælorum. [Read more...]

Today’s Conclave Soundtrack: England’s Robert Johnson II


This afternoon, I’m calming my nerves (and ignoring the enormous Catholic elephant in the room) with a bit of Robert Johnson’s lute music, courtesy of my dad. It’s entirely possible that I’ve heard Johnson in the past, but I don’t think I’ve heard of him until I started to investigate this particular clip. The occasionally-reliable [Read More...]

Makoto Shinkai’s “Garden of Words”


Last year, when a friend suggested Makoto Shinkai’s The Place Promised in Our Early Days as a potential fit for my bizarre cinematic tastes, I was intrigued. And when I heard the director described as “The New Miyazaki,” I moved well past intrigued; I could hardly wait. It was fascinating (both artistically and philosophically), and I resolved [Read More...]