Back to work tomorrow…

Sorry for the silence. The afternoon was spent with doctors and radiologists, and tomorrow we find out whether Buster has a hernia. I got to do some reading as I sat around waiting or keeping Buster company, but it was very disheartening to learn that blaring televisions broadcasting insipid game shows and screeching talkfests are more the rule than the exception in medical offices, these days. What I noticed was that the patients and family members in the waiting room were reading, talking … [Read more...]

One of THOSE round-ups

Yes, this is going to be one of THOSE round-ups, where I clear off all my open tabs of things I just read, and pass them off to you; covering everything from my personal stuff to a video recommendation or two.Fluff: Ann Althouse is running the inevitable captioning thread on this picture. Now I am on record as finding Michelle Obama to be an attractive woman with a mostly pleasing sense of style (but dubious judgment, as in wearing $540 sneakers to a food bank). But I have to admit, my … [Read more...]

Congratulations to Buster

We're having an important and long-delayed celebration for Buster, tonight, and that means lots of last minute to-do's around here. Lots of goings on in the rest of the world, and I'd love to opine about them (particularly about Padre Alberto), but for today, it's all about family and not the distressing world "out there."The world "out there" will still be wild, mad, wearisome and wonderful, tomorrow, but "sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." For today, my eyes are on my boys … [Read more...]

"Professional Pray-er"

I know many people who love the Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series of novels, including Julie at Happy Catholic, whose recommendations are always worth taking, but I have been so enthralled with Terry Pratchett's Discword series, I'd neglected Harry Dresden. Harry Dresden is a Wizard, and his office door reads:Harry Dresden - Wizard Lost Items Found, Paranormal Investigations. Consulting, Advice, Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, Parties or Other EntertainmentYesterday, in … [Read more...]

More on Susan Boyle…

More information on the remarkable Susan Boyle, who I linked to in the post below and the story just gets nicer and nicer, and one just wants all good things to happen for her.It seems that Simon Cowell's people are already pursuing Boyle, who got a standing ovation from her church after her appearance on Britain's Got Talent.Before going on stage, Ms. Boyle admitted some self-deprecating facts about herself (she's never been kissed and lives alone with her cat, Pebbles). For those reasons … [Read more...]

The Tunnel; Buster's Incite, er Insight

My son Buster has dabbled in poetry here and there, mostly in writing lyrics for his pop-tunes. When he writes seriously, though, he sometimes reminds me a little of Stephen Crane - not in terms of technical proficiency, of course, but in terms of imagery that can make you wince.He and I chatted briefly this morning about some school issues and then about the political/economic stories in the press, and the growing sense so many of us have that things are too quickly moving us to a new and … [Read more...]

Buster, Technology & Foosball – UPDATED

In yesterday's link-filled post, I added this astounding technological demonstration.And because my kids do not read my blog - who is more boring than mother? - I sent the link to each of them. I got into a conversation with someone, later, about how the technology shows us that nothing is static, that soon watches and cameras may be little more than charming relics, like horse buggies.It's a good reminder, I think, not to get attached to "things."This morning, having watched the video, … [Read more...]

From Email: Fairness, Life, Secrecy, Caroline

Not too much hate-mail, lately, which is a nice change. Someone from the left actually wrote that she appreciated how "fair" I was to Michelle Obama on her clothes.Well, thank you, I try to be fair. No one can be, all the time, but I would hope that that correspondent has been at least as "fair" to Bush once in a while in the past few years. What am I saying, I'm sure she has been! :-)THANKING YOU for your prayers: This military family writes to tell me that Beloved is finally home, and … [Read more...]

Longest. Linkaround. Evah.

Settle in for a long 'un, kiddies.Start here (h/t Ann Althouse):Hey, according to the press, wars are challenging, serious and difficult to win. Funny how perceptions change when parties change in the White House, innit? Iraq suddenly looks different, too! Or...actually...maybe the same!President Bush has declared Washington DC a state of emergency to help secure and pay for Obama's inaugural. Most expensive inaugural ever. In a time of (if the left is to be believed) "unprecedented … [Read more...]

Friday Linkaround

Quiet today. After gabbing and watching videos through the night, we put Buster on a plane headed back to school early this morning, then went to mass and - since it was offered - took the opportunity to go to confession, and then came home and promptly fell asleep until the early afternoon. Can't remember the last time I've done that. Felt kind of good, actually!So, here is a link around to stuff you may or may not be seeing elsewhere. It's a long post, but stick with it; I don't think … [Read more...]