Is Tony Soprano dead or alive?

I didn't see the show but apparently some folks are unhappy with the ambiguous ending. Who walked through the door? Meadow or a hitman? Did the whole family get whacked or do they live to carry on as ever - conflicted, suspicious, always slightly on edge?I think I like the ambiguity of it, but it probably would have been just as satisfying for some to see the whole family taken out, which I'm going to assume is what happened, unless I hear differently.Last year I wrote:Commenters...are … [Read more...]

Tony Blair to become Catholic Deacon?

There's talk afloat that when he leaves office, Tony Blair may not simply become a Catholic, but that he may become a Permanent Deacon, as well:Tony Blair has discussed becoming a Roman Catholic deacon when he quits office.The revelation comes as he prepares to meet the Pope amid speculation that he will use the audience in the Vatican to announce his conversion.In his last foreign engagement, just days before he leaves Downing Street for the final time, the Prime Minister will visit Pope … [Read more...]

Scouting in Baghdad. Yes, Baghdad.

Amid death and chaos, the Scouts revive an idea of fun for childrenArmed with rakes and wheelbarrows, a group of Iraqi Scouts and Guides is clearing a patch of Baghdad woodland. For many it is their first “normal” outing with friends in more than four years of violence.The concrete bunker and taped cordon that guard them from unexploded bombs give this Scout camp a slightly edgier feel to jamborees in Britain, where a grazed knee or getting lost represent some of the biggest hazards.For 13- … [Read more...]

The Bookshelf is Back!

I hadn't even realized it was gone!When the site was redesigned, I completely overlooked that The Bookshelf link was missing from the left sidebar! Thanks to an eagle-eyed reader who wrote asking me about it - without the heads-up, I might not have noticed for a while...I'm such a blitherhead that when I look at the site I'm busy sighing about how pretty it is, and not paying close enough attention! Now it is restored, just below the blog award-type buttons and above the tin-cup rattling … [Read more...]

A lovely sort of gift

When linking to this wonderful live Adoration site, which I'd mentioned here, a site provided by the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, I noticed they have a new link whereby you can pay for the flowers they use to decorate the altar, in remembrance of someone, or in Thanksgiving for something, or for your own intention, or someone else's.The notice reads:Flowers for the AltarAltar flowers for the week of Sunday, June 03, 2007 are for the special intentions of [name].Please join us in prayer … [Read more...]

American Summer, 2007 – Snapshot 2

Last night I was relating this story to a friend, and she suggested that perhaps a/c temp was not the policy of the management but of that afternoon's staff, as she'd shopped there earlier in the week and the air had felt quite comfortable."I have an even better story for you though," she said. "A couple months ago, I'm at [a multi-checkout line department store], standing on line behind a young girl - like 15 years old - and two men, one say in his 30's and the other with grey hair. The … [Read more...]

2 snapshots of America, June 2007 – UPDATE

Thanks to online shopping, I rarely head into bookstores, but today I needed to buy a gift in a hurry and so I ventured into one - the place was empty and I found what I needed quickly and then browsed a bit. While the temperature outside was only about 73 degrees, the day was humid and the store felt very warm to me. We don't have central air in the house, just ceiling fans, and they pretty much do the trick, but when I'm shopping, I like to feel cool and comfortable, not oppressed. With no … [Read more...]

“So, Loser, where’s Part III?”

Part III is partially written (go here and here if you don't know what I mean) - I got jammed up yesterday and couldn't finish it, and with the death of the immigration bill I'll necessarily have to re-think where I wanted to go with it. Some appointments this morning will delay that.But I can make a quick observation...Remember when the Democrats won in November, and some of us said, "well, okay, maybe now that they've gotten control of the Houses the Left will stop feeling so put-upon and … [Read more...]

Corpus Christi; The Body of Christ, Amen

Greg Kandra is the editor of Couric & Co, the blog associated with the CBS Evening News broadcast. He is also a recently-ordained Deacon in the Catholic Church, and how lucky is the parish in Forest Hills, Queens, to have so talented a wordsmith, and so faithful a servant of God and man, preaching from the Ambo. This Sunday they will feast on this bounty:First Reading: Gen 14:18-20, Melchizedek bringing bread and wine and blessing AbramThen Psalm 110The Lord's revelation to my … [Read more...]

Rethinking Scooter Libby’s pardon

You know, the other day I wrote, that President Bush should just pardon Scooter Libby, already.Then Ed Morrissey wrote that while he had no problem with a pardon, we should be respectful of the fact that a jury weighed the evidence and found him guilty...and I thought, "Ed's right in that. If we're going to respect the rule of law, we have to take a jury's verdict with some seriousness, even if we don't like that verdict." He's written more here.Then I read this piece in the Washington … [Read more...]