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." -- Mark … [Read more...]

Obama: Drop AlQaeda charges & stop drilling Utah – UPDATED

Okay, I think I'm done. No one can say I was not exceedingly fair to President Obama over the last week or so - and even this morning about the Exec Salary Caps for bailout beneficiaries. I don't like the precedent - and I believe now that it's been done for one group, we're going to see the Obama/Pelosi/Reid/Frank government move to cap other salaries, but I got the politics of it.But now, I think I've seen enough.Item:U.S. President Barack Obama will likely order a military commission … [Read more...]

If you were First Lady…UPDATED

Inauguration is fantasy time!Over at Inside Catholic, Zoe Romanowsky has asked a great question:As a fun Monday exercise, let's pretend for a moment you were becoming First Lady tomorrow (or First Gentleman because you know that's going to happen one of these days.) What would you choose as your cause? (And you're not allowed to say "abortion" because (a) that's too easy, and (b) it's "controversial" so it wouldn't be considered an acceptable First Lady cause.)My issues would be Music … [Read more...]

Got no oomph, sorry

Sorry so quiet today; I actually have a bunch of tabs all lined up of things I want to link to or talk about, but this was one of those days where the running around started early and hasn't really stopped yet. There's a lot going on - including a "project" I am seriously in need of sitting down and finishing before Lent, which will come all-too-quickly, as long as I am not ready.That's how it works, right? If you're not ready, it flies in; if you're all set and anticipating, time … [Read more...]

Peggy Noonan, Roger Ebert & me

Noonan - October 2005A few weeks ago I was reading Christopher Lawford's lovely, candid and affectionate remembrance of growing up in a particular time and place with a particular family, the Kennedys, circa roughly 1950-2000. It's called "Symptoms of Withdrawal." At the end he quotes his Uncle Teddy. Christopher, Ted Kennedy and a few family members had gathered one night and were having a drink in Mr. Lawford's mother's apartment in Manhattan. Teddy was expansive. If he hadn't gone into … [Read more...]

Wednesday Linkfest!

Personally a difficult day over here for some family members who are crucible-stepping. If you could keep J and P in your prayers, I would really appreciate it.Meanwhile, there's plenty to read!Big Doings: for the launch of Big Hollywood. I like the Steyn quote highlighted by Ed Driscoll he's right!. And Driscoll is correct that editor John Nolte will keep the site provocative, smart and funny. I like the site a lot - it's quickly going to become yet another of my daily "must reads" and a … [Read more...]

I like the maps…a lot!

Okay, I am a sucker for colorful, interactive things - I like my Rosetta Stone stuff, too - but this is a little different. If you look to the right sidebar there is a new ad there, for, that offers a 15 day free trial. Tonight I signed up for it, just to check it out, and I is a useful tool for religion teachers, preachers, discussion group facilitators and those interested in studying the New Testament with the original Greek texts close at … [Read more...]

Mystery Chords and Idols

"Thrummmmmm....""It's been a hard day's night and I been workin' like a dog..."You can hear the chord, of course. But can you play it? Exactly?Many have tried, all have failed, it seems, until now:The opening chord to "A Hard Day’s Night" is also famous because, for 40 years, no one quite knew exactly what chord Harrison was playing. ... Four years ago...Jason Brown of Dalhousie’s Department of Mathematics decided to try and see if he could apply a mathematical calculation known as Fou … [Read more...]

O Eve! Reconciled!


Eve and Mary by Sr. Grace Remington, O.C.S.OIt's still Christmas! And here is a lovely story about how things get moved along by the Holy Spirit:A Trappistine nun, Abbess Columba Guare of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey, who composes the texts for the Abbey's Christmas cards, wrote this lovely poem, wherein the Virgin Mary addresses Eve with hope and gladness:O Eve! My mother, my daughter, life-giving Eve,Do not be ashamed, do not grieve.The former things have passed … [Read more...]

"Nothing is Impossible with God…"

Deacon Greg has posted his homily for tomorrow, and as usual, it's a home-run, with real meaning and application to our lives....The Annunciation. Artists have painted it, sculpted it, and imagined it more than any other. It towers over the popular imagination.You can speculate on the reasons why. It’s certainly dramatic: this is the true beginning of the life of Christ, the very moment when our salvation began. And it is a perfect marriage of heaven and earth, the human and the divine.But … [Read more...]