The Worker is Worth his Wages. And Perhaps Retirement, Too – UPDATED

"Oh, God, no...."When I saw the title of this piece by Father Dwight, those were my groaning sentiments. I've been trying to focus on a book project all week, and as soon as I saw it, I knew...there goes another day where I won't get it done.This is one of those crappy issues I hate to comment on, because it's ridiculous and small, and also because in eight years of blogging I have made a point of not speaking of other bloggers/new media folk unless I could do so positively. I'm not … [Read more...]

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Immigration & the Storm Next Time

Last week, I was in Brooklyn taping a few episodes of In the Arena, and one of the drivers, taking a route that brought us past The Green-Wood Cemetery, reminisced about Park Slope, where he had lived all his life."We were working class, then. Our fathers were train conductors and shoe salesmen. No, we'd never be able to afford to live here. We'd cut through Prospect Park to Ebbets Field to watch the Dodgers. In the summer, they'd close off four city blocks to create a play area for us … [Read more...]

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Another Mystic Monk Addict

Got a fun email today from Peter, who is obviously a very smart fella - I repost it almost in its entirety:For the last several years I’ve been a regular reader of Spengler...after he unmasked himself as David Goldman and announced he was decamping to First Things, I followed along to see what he’d be writing about as an Observant Jew contributing to a Conservative Catholic Intellectual Journal. That’s when I found your Blog and became an occasional reader. It was on your blog that I saw ment … [Read more...]

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Meanwhile, here I slog…

So, Brian Saint-Paul directs our attention to a fun dissection of the execrable prose of Dan Brown. Or, should I say, the "precarious" prose. Writes Brian:Here are three personal favorites:17. Deception Point, chapter 8: Overhanging her precarious body was a jaundiced face whose skin resembled a sheet of parchment paper punctured by two emotionless eyes. [The Telegraph's comment: "It’s not clear what Brown thinks 'precarious' means here."]14. The Da Vinci Code, chapter 5: Only t … [Read more...]

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You really can get anything at Amazon!

While looking at my Amazon reports this morning, I note that someone bought this, and thought, "wow, you really can get everything at Amazon!" Then I whispered up a prayer for your intention, whoever you are!I love to check out the Amazon reports, because people order things I would never have known exists. Like these adorable little bowls and this egg poacher. My egg poacher first belonged to my birth mother. It's about 60 years old and beaten up, and two of the little poachy cups are … [Read more...]

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"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark"

My husband and I were just flipping through the channels and found the Jerry Lewis Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy. It was the local portion of the show, and we didn't stay long; we'll send in our contribution this week.I believe I have contributed to this charity every Labor Day Weekend since I can remember, either by asking my parents to send in my pennies, or by volunteering at the Telethon centers, and in various fund-raising affairs. Now -and since I was 20, I guess- it's just "send a … [Read more...]

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Oblates, Tertiaries, Professed Laypeople

I was corresponding with a Dominican nun the other day and I joked with her that, although I am a Benedictine Oblate, I am lately finding myself very drawn to Dominican spirituality, likely due to my friendship with her and also because of those those two charismatic and intrepid Dominican nags I have mentioned with some frequency, lately, St. Catherine of Siena and Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, both of whom were laypeople, not vowed religious."If you become a Dominican Tertiary, your chances … [Read more...]

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Advice: In Hard Times, "Give More" – UPDATED

He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, "Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood." -- … [Read more...]

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Incarnation: "The Mystery IS the Gift…"

Have you ever read something and then said, "damn, I wish I'd written that?I do it frequently, but especially today with this piece, especially, by the renowned skeptic, Vanderleun:Theirs was the Age of Myth; a world where night was not dimmed by the web of lights that now obscures the stars. Their nights were lit by flaring torches, dim oil lamps, guttering candles; by the phases of the moon and the broad shimmering river of the Milky Way. As the sun declined and night ascended, life … [Read more...]

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