McCullough's John Adams on HBO

Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney as John and Abigail AdamsWhen I was a kid it was a rare thing to own a book and a hardcover book was real treasure, so my family, now, will often gift me with hardcover books that I put into the "to read" pile, and sometimes I don't get around to reading the book until it comes out in soft cover.David McCullogh's comprehensive and incredibly readable John Adams was a book that had been in the pile so long I nearly missed it. I picked it up last week and … [Read more...]

Hillary, Confessions, Blogs, Popes, Priests & more

Heh. John Hawkins has a post up with 10 reasons why this blog is not succeeding while others do.I try! I don't feel comfortable networking, but I link out! I try to be interesting and varied - most days I post at least three or four new things. Seems I'm just not all that provocative, and undoubtedly I'm too long-winded. Still - it blows my mind that other people manage to support themselves blogging. This little endeavor nets yer girl something under $2,000 per year, and with two kids … [Read more...]

Book in the mail today

You'll note there is an ad running in the right hand sidebar for the book Extraordinary Circumstances; The Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower by Cynthia Cooper, who was on of Time Magazine's people of the year in 2002.From the press release: In June 2002, Cynthia Cooper, Vice President of Internal Audit at WorldCom, made a decision that would reveal the largest fraud in US corporate history. Cooper discovered that WorldCom's crafty accounting methods turned a $662 million dollar loss into a … [Read more...]

A Catholic Round Up

2008 Catholic Blog Awards are now taking nominations.I'm not clear on the changes this year...I think there will only be one chance to vote once the nominees are named. Check it out and nominate your faves!Barbara Nicolosi of Church of the Masses has founded a program to prepare Christians for Hollywood careers.Writes Barbara:The program takes place in the heart of the Hollywood entertainment industry with intensive classroom instruction and mentoring from a world-class faculty of over … [Read more...]

2 More books for Lent?

In the mail today - received this excellent-looking book from Our Sunday Visitor:Within, editor Michael Dubruiel gives us accessible Pope Benedict XVI - records of his conversations with children, students, priests and others, and the exchanges remind me of these lovely exchanges between Benedict and young people, which I posted a while back. My favorite:During a question-and-answer session with a half-dozen children, one boy told the pope that he had been told that Christ was really … [Read more...]

150 Years today ago in Lourdes…

Grotto at Lourdes, shamelessly cribbed from Fr. James Martin...a dirt-poor, uneducated girl saw a beautiful lady in the most humble of places.Thus begins a true story whose epilogue has not yet been written.The key to the story of Lourdes is not the Marian apparition. It is not Bernadette's story. It is not the healings which have taken place at this holy spot where heaven kissed the earth. It is the notion of service to others. It is knowing what is meant for you, and what you are … [Read more...]

"Irritating" Mother Angelica

I gave this book - reviewed here to a few people at Christmastime and have heard back from several of them that they love it. Last weekend one of them, a woman who "struggles" with faith (who doesn't, sometimes), caught up with me and said it was changing her whole outlook for the better. That's nice to hear.I like this interview with the book's editor, Raymond Arroyo - his impersonations of the old nun are hilarious - because her story is a fascinating one that is never told outside of … [Read more...]

“Irritating” Mother Angelica

I gave this book - reviewed here to a few people at Christmastime and have heard back from several of them that they love it. Last weekend one of them, a woman who "struggles" with faith (who doesn't, sometimes), caught up with me and said it was changing her whole outlook for the better. That's nice to hear.I like this interview with the book's editor, Raymond Arroyo - his impersonations of the old nun are hilarious - because her story is a fascinating one that is never told outside of … [Read more...]

"Lourdes" author on EWTN

A few days ago I reviewed this book and highly recommended it. Julie at Happy Catholic did, too, and you know you can trust her!I wrote:Do yourself a favor, particularly if - in this bleak mid-winter full of election noise and bloviation - you feel the need to be refreshed and uplifted, and pick up this book. It will have something to say to you.The author, Elizabeth Ficocelli will talk about the book with Father Benedict Groeschel's on his program, "Sunday Night Live" on EWTN, and I'm … [Read more...]

“Lourdes” author on EWTN

A few days ago I reviewed this book and highly recommended it. Julie at Happy Catholic did, too, and you know you can trust her!I wrote:Do yourself a favor, particularly if - in this bleak mid-winter full of election noise and bloviation - you feel the need to be refreshed and uplifted, and pick up this book. It will have something to say to you.The author, Elizabeth Ficocelli will talk about the book with Father Benedict Groeschel's on his program, "Sunday Night Live" on EWTN, and I'm … [Read more...]


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