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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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 ScriptureDirect.com, that offers a 15 day free trial. Tonight I signed up for it, just to check it out, and I likee.ScriptureDirect.com 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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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"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...]

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"They Do Not Love Jesus"

The child you are looking at is Namrata Nayak. Her face was disfigured when when Hindu extremists bombed her home last August, looking to kill Christians.I am struck by her power and beauty, which is transmitted through her eyes. One does not see the scars for the steadiness and fullness of Namrata Nayak's eyes.Her eyes are fearless. She is unintimidated. She looks directly at you, with a collectedness and assurance that only comes from deep interior knowledge. Namrata Nayak knows … [Read more...]

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The usefulness of intercessory prayer

Do you remember, a while I ago, I wrote about the point of monasticism and the power and efficacy of their focused and concentrated prayers, on behalf of the world. At the time I linked to many religious communities of monastic men and women who are happy to storm heaven for the benefit of others.I've always felt strongly that what blesses us and the whole world is when we pray for others rather than ourselves. In terms of economy and government, these are worrisome times for all of us, and … [Read more...]

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CNN covers NetTV

This is pretty amazing. Yesterday, Drudge gave this ad campaign a headline, and now this report from CNN?Embedded video from CNN VideoIn our email exchanges I've often told Deacon Greg Kandra, the former CBS news writer who is now news director for this about-to-launch channel that the Holy Spirit seems to bless with particular favor all of his undertakings.If you knew Greg, you'd understand why. He faith full of gratitude and joyful, humble obedience, walking around looking like a … [Read more...]

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