Mary’s Assumption Makes Sense in Light of Microchimerism

Whenever my younger son is particularly happy he lets out with a dazzling grin and it always thrills me, because I recognize therein my grandmother's smile. She died when I was ten years old, but practically at the moment of his birth, I recognized her distinctive mouth and smile in him. I frequently marvel at the fact that I see in him something of a person he never knew, and that in my grandmother, I'd been seeing a feature that likely belonged to some wild Scot that she herself never … [Read more...]

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A couple of personal announcements

1) The child. That child in the lace-and-satin gown and with two cowlicks, like some twice-blessed prince, and wearing the haughtiest expression I have ever seen on a six-week old? The one I call "Buster" because he is such a one?He got a C+ in the must-pass class, and a couple of A's and B's besides. School is finally out. For. Ever.There will be no grad school This child has been itching to be out of school since he was six years old. Our long national nightmare is over. Those bells … [Read more...]

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Kim Jong Il is Dead; New Tyrants Come

While you were sleeping our already-roiling world took another hit to its tenuous stability:North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died at the age of 69, state-run television has announced.Mr Kim, who has led the communist nation since the death of his father in 1994, died on a train while visiting an area outside the capital, the announcement said.He suffered a stroke in 2008 and was absent from public view for months.Pyongyang described his son Kim Jong-un as the "great successor" … [Read more...]

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"Does the bride come with potatoes?"

So, I asked Buster to do something for me.And he responded, that he couldn't because he was really busy; he had to work.I wondered, "what are you working on that's got you so busy? You're leaving for school in a few days; the lawn is mowed; the weeds -- well they need pulling -- but what's got you so busy?""I have to walk the earth...and find sheep to shear."Frankly, when he said he had to walk the earth, I worried that he was once more channeling Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction and … [Read more...]

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Job-Seeking Blues – UPDATED

So my son Buster is home from school and seeking summer employment. Yesterday he made the rounds at local businesses, none of which were hiring. Since he's a big fella who is willing to move heavy things around, he also checked out the bigbox stores. He came home rather disgusted."Everywhere I went, it was, 'we only take online applications; apply online,'" he groused. "Half the time, they couldn't even be bothered looking up. So, you clean up, wear decent clothes, walk in trying to project a … [Read more...]

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Serving Something Greater than the Self

This past weekend our family got a kind some reinforced instruction on how the smallest acts of generosity can sometimes have surprising, even life-changing impacts on others, and both lessons came thanks to the Boy Scouts of America:Danny, with 52 merit badges on his sash and a scouting resume that truly was exceptional, even for an Eagle, began his prepared remarks by saying, “I didn’t know he would be here today, but that just makes this speech all the better, because I am going to begin by … [Read more...]

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Buster, Gratitude, Hillbilly Thomism UPDATED

When Buster was pretty small, perhaps three or four years old, a priest asked a rhetorical question during his homily--I don't remember the question; it might have been "why are we here, today" or something like that--but the boy was determined to answer it, and his hand shot up and remained there, like one long skinny flagpole wavering, while the priest tried to ignore him.After a while, Fr. Patient--who had baptized Buster and knew him well--sighed and said, "okay, Buster, what's your … [Read more...]

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Desecration in Scranton

This is not good:It is believed that sometime overnight on Aug. 3 or early morning on Aug. 4 someone broke into St. Rose of Lima Church in Carbondale. The person was able to open the tabernacle, the receptacle on the side altar in which the vessels containing the Blessed Sacrament are kept.The person removed the ciborium, the vessel which contains the small consecrated Hosts used for Holy Communion. These Hosts are the Body of Jesus Christ. [Emphasis mine - admin]The Carbondale police … [Read more...]

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Down Memory Lane & Nordlinger

After taping an interview with Melissa Clouthier, this morning (I will let you know when it airs, if you can stand listening to me) I ran out to do some errands. On the way home, I decided to stop at a 7-11 for a cup of coffee. Before me on line was a college-age kid wearing a Che shirt. Ah, memories...it brought me back to this:Buster vs the paying public Previously posted: July 2008You've all seen the Che tee shirt, right? The iconic shot of beret-wearing Che Guevara's face proudly … [Read more...]

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Homework & Hospitals

Elder Son & Buster, long agoLongtime readers may recall that while he was in High School Buster frequently landed in the ER usually from a rash move on the playing field:Now he's away at college, and here we are again. Only Buster can apply himself to his homework and land in the hospital! He had an assignment to videotape reactions to the breaking of social norms, and then to analyze them. His partner taped him intruding on a game of catch by making a play intended for another.His … [Read more...]

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