As George Costanza would say, “I’m back, baby, I’m back!” but not quite operating at 100%, yet. Pneumonia has been instructive; I had no idea it was so fatiguing, and it gives me a new appreciation for what a trooper my son Buster was, dealing with it and midterms at the same time, and passing them. All I want to do is sleep!
So, I am “back” but at half-speed. I actually arose today in the wee small hours and began clearing email, editing, writing, and as I have basically put in about 9+ hours of work, I am looking forward to a little nap, just as soon as I give you all these links, which I think you will find fascinating.
Before I begin, a shout of thanks to Max Lindenman, who guest-blogged so enthusiastically and prolifically while I was away. The boy has a lot of words in him, and I really appreciated the energy and provocative content he brought to the site. I gave him the keys and he kept the roadster in great shape (one tiny ding, already smoothed over) as I knew he would. Look for him to debut of blog of his own, soon, at Patheos — there is no holding him back — but you will see him for a few days more, here at The Anchoress, as he generously helps me out until I’m caught up with work and, you know, breathing. Thank you, Maximus! His latest column is here
And now, let’s do a fast link-around with some Religious and Secular stuff and fun stuff that I wanted to share with you, in no particular order:
First off, Crisis Magazine is also back!. I am glad to see it. Someone told me recently that they thought of all the Catholic magazines, “for all its gravitas, First Things is the only religious publication I know of where you can be cute and clever.” I wrote back, “Crisis Magazine, too, under Brian Saint-Paul!”
Tim Muldoon: Centesimus Annus at 20
Joseph Susanka: Saints are people, too!
Pat Gohn: on being a mother. Do read.
Austen Bay: On American Persistence
Osama bin Laden, savvy capitalist
Bookworm: Didn’t think much of Obama on 60 Minutes
John Harwood on why Obama Can’t depend on the polls.
I don’t know, I’m getting the impression that he rather likes this “wartime president” thing. Relegates stories about the economy, jobs, strange maneuvers, stealth budgets, expanding and “gangster” government, fakery and so forth to the back pages, and increases the poll numbers, and he doesn’t even have to acknowledge that he’s doing everything he said Bush should never have done.
John Kerry: Obama’s not Bush so shut up with your questions
The challenges facing Christians in the Middle East
Bible’s Truth: Found in its totality
Rod Dreher on the Death of Osama
Something fun: Make a paper iPhone
A “discovery” about the Birth of Christ?
(Recently offered to resign as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Malta; these views are Kmiec’s personally and do not necessarily represent the Department of State).
Yeah, he sort of makes that very clear, in his article.
My own addition to that opinion round-up
Archbishop Gomez says no thanks to Mayday Rally
WSJ: Does the left “need” racism?
Nunspeak: Three Reasons for Mary
Tripping the Light Fantastic with Obama and Lady Gaga
Finally, Fr. Robert Barron speaks on the death of Osama bin Laden. I happened to be next to Barron at the airport, but was too shy to say hello! I am a useless networker! (H/T Deacon Greg)