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Terry Pratchett, Wise Words and Spinach

From Julie we get both the wise words and the heavenly-sounding spinach recipe.The wise words actually come from author Terry Pratchett whom, I confess, I often have difficulty reading. But this is brilliant:"Right. Right. That's people for you. Now if I'd seen him [God], really there, really alive, it'd be in me like a fever. If I thought there was some god who really did care two hoots about people, who watched 'em like a father and cared for 'em like a mother ... well, you wouldn't … [Read more...]

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Carthusians in Advent

“Stands the cross, still point of the turning world” (Carthusian motto)A while back, I wrote (twice, actually) of the advent of the Carthusians - the sudden appearance, in film and print of not one but two inspiring and popular pieces concerning the Carthusians, the least-reformed, most mysterious of all Catholic monastic orders.Well, Into the Great Silence, was well reviewed in the NY Times and even, surprisingly at Rotten Tomatoes, and won a prize at the 2006 Sundance film festival, but it … [Read more...]

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Anti-Clintites: The Weirdest Headline of the Day

From the NY Times, of course: Anti-Clinton Donor Reported as Donor to Giuliani.Not just a donor to Giuliani but - gasp - an anti-Clinton donor!The writer, the ever-obsequious Raymond Hernandez has had his head remarkably far up Mrs. Clinton’s backside for years. But this headline, and the story, just cracked me up.Have you ever read George Soros described as an “anti-Bush donor?” Nah. He was simply a donor! A concerned guy with money! And if he compared Bush to Hitler and stuff - well … [Read more...]

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What Is American Culture?

Yesterday my son and I were flicking through television channels and we hit a stand-up comic from India who was trying to make a joke about “American culture” or the “lack” thereof. In his routine he was defending the Americans as “actually having culture” to his father, who could not see beyond hotdogs.The audience wasn’t laughing and Buster felt badly for the guy. “They’re not laughing,” he said.“No,” I answered… “he’s got an audience of white Americans sitting there earnestly asking th … [Read more...]

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There is an Art to Good Politics

Originally posted October 21, 2006 -- Crossposted hereThere's an art to good politicsPeggy Noonan wrote a column in this week's WSJ that touched on the artlessness of our current crop of politicos, none of whom seem to possess the deft and graceful footwork of presidents and legislators of the past. She wrote:The dance is where you see the joy of the joust. It's a gifted pro making his moves. It's a moment of humor, wit or merriness on the trail; it's the clever jab or the unexpected line … [Read more...]

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Couric’s Notebook Gets Unhelpfully Bleak

Regular readers know that after much public trepidation about Katie Couric’s takeover of the CBS Evening News, I’ve made it a point to try to be even handed about the broadcast. I give Couric high marks for daring to allow all sorts of interesting (or, to some, maddening) voices in the FreeSpeech segment, and I like the Couric and Co blog a lot. She’s got the “fun Katie” thing going on with the Word of the Day and Quote for the Day bits (and they’re smart blog items, too, because they keep people … [Read more...]

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Benedict’s “blunder” was partly media-enhanced-UPDATED

I am not especially saddened to see the brouhaha that is gaining strength over Benedict's speech. Whether he is "media savvy" or not, Benedict has managed - in his very scholarly fashion - to apply a very hot drawing poultice to the enormous and festering boils of both radical Islamism and rampant secularism. At the very least, it will cause some Muslims to insist that distinctions be made between them and their more extreme co-religionists, and it may rouse the West to examine how cavalierly … [Read more...]

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Sept 15: Our Lady of Sorrows

Repost from 9/15/0533 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; 34 and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined to be the rise and the fall of many in Israel, and a sign that is spoken against 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed." The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 2Today's gospel reading at Mass is one of my favorites - one I think on frequently. I … [Read more...]

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Future Journalist grills Anchoress

The child of a sibling, who calls me "Auntie," asked to interview me for a grade-school project on journalism. Between giggles and some eye-rolling I thought the kid still did better than many "big-time professional journalists." I've edited out all of the spelling portions.Ace Reporter: Okay, so, how old are you?Auntie: I'm not telling you. How old is your mother?Ace: Ummm...I don't know. Auntieeee, you're supposed to answer the questions!Auntie: I'm 47.Ace: Really? That's what … [Read more...]

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Round up: Med sites, Condi-snickers and more

A quick round up before I head out for yet another medical appointment.Did you know you can go to this site and enter your symptoms and it will suggest diagnoses? I did it the other night and was surprised to see it actually narrowing things down to the same stuff my doc was zeroing in on, just before he said, "if it's not this or this or this we'll have to look at your bone marrow..." (Screw that...I refuse to have anything more serious than the stuff he's already thinking about).Anyway, … [Read more...]

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