The Cheese Stands Alone With a Question

Well, my week of guest bloggers has passed, and I offer all of them my heartfelt thanks for their enormous output, their engagement in the comboxes, and their generosity in sharing their gifts with us. I hope you really enjoyed them. I know I did. They disproved Ben Franklin's adage that "fish and company stink after three days." I kind of liked having them around!But they've all gone home. Father Dwight Longenecker has gone back to Standing on His Head, so he can see the world from a … [Read more...]

Happy Catholic has Installed a Bookshelf!

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Julie Davis -- the Happy Catholic whose blog is such a great mix of books, art, devotionals and more -- has decided that she needs more room!She's already packed her primary blog, and knocked down a wall to add Forgotten Classics and then built a dormer for A Good Story is Hard to Find, and then of course, redid the kitchen for the foodies; she's brought out her secret Sci-Fi Stash (such a geek, she is!) and now she needs a place to display things, and keep them handy. You know how it … [Read more...]

Internet Addiction, Spam and Comboxes

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My spam filter currently has 900 spams, and counting, and the situation can't be rectified until Monday.Meanwhile, this weekend is work-packed for me and I'm way too busy this weekend to keep fishing through new spam to find legitimate comments, so I am closing comments through Sunday, and perhaps Monday, depending on whether I get everything done.Besides, the comboxes are routinely unpleasant these days and I'm kind of sick of that.There is a whole combox merry-go-round of sneers … [Read more...]

Patheos lands a Gyrene!

From the halls of Montezuma and so forth, Patheos has happily taken aboard a Mary-lovin' Marine. Welcome Frank Weathers and Why I am Catholic to Patheos' growing gang of Catholic bloggers!He's rambunctious. He's energetic. We just brought him over and he's already written his second post!A few years ago, the Dalai Lama (seen above visiting Thomas Merton’s grave) was asked the question “what do you find most surprising about humanity?” His reply,Man. Because he sacrifices his health in orde … [Read more...]

Confederacy of Dunces: The Future in our Midst

I am ashamed to admit I have never read it (as I warned below, I am no intellectual), but I certainly will read it now, as it appears John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer Prize winning A Confederacy of Dunces may have been prophetic, in a way. Note Max Lindenman's exposition of the book's anti-hero, Ignatius Reilly:[Ignatius] is a figure few readers would care to identify with. Obese, a sloppy eater, and a fashion nightmare—the earring, though exceptional for him, does little harm to the effect of h … [Read more...]

That Atheist Girl with her Catholic Boyfriend UPDATED

Patheos has picked up another new blog, and in keeping with this age of hybridism I think we could call it a kind of hybrid, too.Leah Libresco is a smart young cookie and a lifelong atheist, who has managed to find herself a devout Catholic boyfriend, and she runs the whole topic of religion through her wringer at Unequally Yoked, where she writes:I grew up with atheist patents in a pretty secular neighborhood (when we learned about the Reformation in AP Euro, one student asked if … [Read more...]

Snapshot of Brilliance: Bad Catholic, Age 18

Merciful heavens!Sacre bleu!Marc Barnes, aka the Bad Catholic has moved his blog here to Patheos, and with his very first post he has my head spinning, my synapses leaping for joy. He'd have my wordsmith mother whirling like a dervish, had she been inclined to whirling.The child's writing chops and original thinking have me gasping: "if he is writing like this at 18, what sort of fabulous monster will he be at 35?":Back when we had a faith, curses were fabulously blasphemous. ‘Sblood’ (C … [Read more...]

Yes, Bad Catholic is coming to Patheos!

So many changes, I can't keep up! I still have press releases to write!Hey, did you see Crescat's new banner? It's great, isn't it?Where was I? Oh, yes, we're all bad Catholics, here, so it is only fitting that I should announce to you (since Marc has already done so on his blog) that Marc Barnes is bringing his Bad Catholic Blog over here -- possibly as soon as this Friday!If you are unfamiliar with Marc's blog, he is:I could lie to you and tell you I am making this move … [Read more...]

Comment-Free Fridays — UPDATED

Consider it a Friday fast, or a Friday sacrifice.I do not have time to monitor comments right now, and I'm just about sick to death of the fighting, the accusations, the foul (and all-too-easy/convenient) cries of "heresy" on one thread and "racist" on the other.I know we can do better than this.These are tense times; everyone is on edge. And apparently everyone has lost their senses of humor, or their ability to ever give anyone else a pass, or the benefit of a doubt, or even be … [Read more...]

Congrats to Glenn Reynolds and Instapundit!

Congrats to Instapundit creator, Glenn Reynolds for managing ten years of sterling blogging, news aggregating and the cleverest of pithy-punditing. That's a decade of nearly non-stop updating and an assist in the founding of PJM, PJTV and oh, yeah, the writing of a best-selling book, countless op-ed pieces and more.He's arguably the hardest working man in the blogosphere, and my hat is off to him! Here is to ten more!See how it all began, here … [Read more...]