For Chesterton’s Birthday, a 30-Quote Salute!

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1) Our Civilization has decided, and very justly decided, that determining the guilt or innocence of men is a thing too important to be trusted to trained men. It wishes for light upon that awful matter, it asks men to know no more law than I know, but who can feel the thing that I felt in the jury box. When it wants a library catalogued, or the solar system discovered, or any trifle of that kind, it uses up its specialists. But when it wishes anything done which is really serious, it … [Read more...]

Strange Gods Now on Kindle and my Sally Field Moment

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Color me very grateful for the interest in Strange Gods and I have felt a little helpless when emails and social media messages asked when the book would be out on Kindle. The answer, finally, as of right now!I'm also grateful to folks who have been very kind in their assessments of the book, although I do have to admit that Terry Nelson from Abbey-Roads blog -- one of my favorite blogs, I don't link to enough -- gave me a start. I happened upon it this weekend and read: "At first I thought, … [Read more...]

It is a strange thing to promote a book…UPDATED

I am a little late getting around to talking about the Patheos Book Club, which is currently featuring my book, among others. As I've expressed to some friends, I'm always really happy to promote books I like (and I like my book!) but promoting Strange Gods has been a little daunting for me. I'm not sure how to do it without sounding like this:Yeah, that cracks me up. But on the other hand, I'm always afraid this will happen:So, the book club is featuring an excerpt you can read … [Read more...]

“The Whole World in Her Hands”: A Gyno-Maniacal War on Men? – UPDATED

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My First Things column this week draws on the coarse and destructive hook-up culture that has been not only embraced by women but is in some ways being driven by them:Writing for The Atlantic in September of 2012, Hanna Rosin argued that the “hookup culture” so prevalent on college campuses and in the lives of young adults is “an engine of female progress—one being harnessed and driven by women themselves.” She wrote:To put it crudely, feminist progress right now largely depends on the ex … [Read more...]

IRS, DOJ, Benghazi: How we Got Here & Just Who was Easily Led? UPDATED

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The other day, pondering the slickness of the Obama presidential campaigns and the lousy job Americans have done in their interview/hiring process in recent elections, I joked:If America were an office, and its citizens were its manager...It [has hired] dazzling bullshitters over the doggedly competent, and now wonders why there appears to be no one trustworthy in charge of the goods.Reading the collection of headlines over on Drudge or at Instapundit, seems to bear it out. The … [Read more...]

A Rave for “Save Send Delete”

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"Outside of the subway, Catholic mass is the only place I have had that experience of diversity." -- Danusha Goska, Save Send DeleteSo, a month ago Julie Davis -- our dear, delightful bookworm, Jules, who is such a Happy Catholic -- made a kindle-gift to me of that book you see here, Save Send Delete, and I was caught somewhere between "thank you, that's so sweet" and "why are you sending me more to read, don't you know I have more reading than I can keep up with, already?"I … [Read more...]

Gift Ideas from Books, Books, Books in the Mail!

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My husband pretty famously teases (and sometimes rants) about the number of books that arrive here and get placed into shaky "I'm going to read this as soon as I can!" piles all around my office. Normally when he grouses, I say, "oh, pshaw!" but the number of books that have arrived here over the past two weeks is rather astonishing, and to his credit, the dear man (who is better than I deserve) has only shaken his head in sadness, and moved along.But these are good books -- some for men, … [Read more...]

Catholicism and Nationalism Do Not Really Mix – UPDATED

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The neighborhood where I grew up was a block of "mutts", and my own family boasted Irish-Italian-English-Scots-German muttage, but if you asked any of us "what are you?" the answer, our answer would have been "Catholic" and our Catholicism precluded all of our other labels, including "American." Our culture was American, yes, but it was first-and-foremost "Catholic". We didn't have a flag hanging out the door, but we had a Saint Jude on the doorstep, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the kitchen. … [Read more...]

Golly, this word, “Idol” is coming up a lot! – UPDATED

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I wonder if the Holy Spirit is trying to tell us something..Pope Francis has been talking about idols lately, and now we see the word creep into a secular headline: Book: Obama surrounds self with 'idolizers,' plots legacy with scholars.A revealing new book from one of the media's longest serving White House correspondents reports that President Obama surrounds himself only with "idolizers," and top aides make sure that those whose view might "shake him up too much" are shoved … [Read more...]

Talking “Strange Gods” on Catholic Weekend

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When Maria Johnson invited me to come and chat with the gang at SPQN's Catholic Weekend, I said "sure" without really knowing what to expect. I didn't anticipate a party atmosphere at Google hangouts, and I was a little frightened at the idea of talking with four people at once. But when Maria greeted me with a tiara on her head and a tee shirt proclaiming herself "The Queen of Everything" I realized I could have retained my Donald Duck sweatshirt. Tiara aside, I felt overdressed!In this … [Read more...]


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