Chose the Red One! But I Have Another Question…

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The Deed is Done!Despite all the great suggestions -- both here and on Facebook -- which ended up giving me lots of places to go and waste time while oo-ing and ah-ing over stuff, and feeling quite the covetous-and-materialist thing, I had to go for the tried-and-true, and ordered the red Baggallini.So, red it is; Baggallini it is, again. Thanks for your input though; it was fun to talk about something besides church and a-world-in-crisis. Refreshing!Sometimes we must take a … [Read more...]

Please help me choose a handbag! Really.

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Okay, all you girly-girls, I need some help! In a world full of crisis, I need to take a break and find a new handbag, and I am just no good at this. You gents are excused as you will no doubt find this completely frivolous.I've been carrying around this black Baggalini for at least 5 years and, while -- as you can see -- it's held up very well, it is getting a bit frayed around the edges, and I do have to be seen in public at church (and occasionally at business) so I need something … [Read more...]

Anchoress Blog Hits the Big 1-0!

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This morning I realized that it was just about ten years ago that I was ignobly kicked out of a political discussion forum and found myself needing to opine endlessly, without a vehicle for blabbing. As we all know, no one puts Blabby in a corner, so Blogspot accessed -- the easiest blogging tool for a technophobe like me to handle -- and thus was thrown together The Anchoress Blog:In the beginning was the persona, and the persona was weird. And the persona was anonymous because I already … [Read more...]

What this ridiculously serious world needs…

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...is a seriously ridiculous pair of reading glasses to lighten the mood around here! … [Read more...]

Garlic? Honey, I’m like buttah. Like BUTTAH!

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You know...all fat and salty!Anyhow, back in September I did an interview with Jonathan Merritt at the Religion News Service, talking about idols and the pope and whatnot, and today the piece has dropped:Pope Francis craze may be idolatry, says Catholic writer Elizabeth ScaliaElizabeth Scalia claims to be a shy person, happy to hang in the background. But the popular Catholic Portal editor at Patheos, writing as “The Anchoress”, doesn’t shy away from offering opinions as strong as ga … [Read more...]

Foreword by Dolan; Artwork by Bach; My New Book Drops!

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It was just about one month ago that I became aware of Jason Bach, and it was via this brilliant and timely cartoon that went internet-viral.And I thought, "what a talented young man!" and I perused his archives and got in touch with him and saw more of his work and thought, "I have a new book coming out and I have no idea what the cover should be. But I know I don't want it to be a picture of me..."Why not? Well, because the book is a collection of essays and columns from 2005 to the … [Read more...]

Talking “Strange Gods” with Brandon Vogt

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One of my favorite people on the planet is Brandon Vogt, a young man of considerable energy and imagination, but also great faith and astounding generosity. No one could have faulted him, had he sought to profit from his first book, The Church and New Media, but Brandon donated 100% of the book's proceeds to establish school computer labs throughout the Archdiocese of Mombasa, Kenya.Kathy Schiffer has mentioned meeting Brandon in Rome in 2011, for the beatification of Pope John Paul II and … [Read more...]

“We are Church.” As self-referential as the Curia.

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You might think it takes a peculiar sort of mind to find common themes uniting an interview with Antonin Scalia and an exhortation from Pope Francis, and you'd be right. My piece at First Things this week brings these two divertingly counter-cultural men together on the subject of narcissism and idols:After his election to the papacy, notes were released outlining the pre-conclave intervention delivered by Jorge Mario Bergoglio, which many of the Cardinal-electors said impressed them … [Read more...]

Remarks to Catholic Marketers, Shop Owners

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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet and talk with members of the Catholic Marketing Network at their annual conference and trade show. The show is always delightful -- walking amidst a convention hall of Catholic wares, tsotskies and books is my idea of a very good time, indeed, and of course, I also got to photobomb the pope!And of course, there was the wine-and-cheese book-signing sponsored by Ave Maria Press, which was great fun and looked like this:The conference … [Read more...]

Batman vs The Anchoress

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Heh. So cool!When my kids were young they loved DC Comics. I need to let them know about this one! The Batman Annual #2 is apparently being released today.RELATED: DC Comics Introduces the Anchoress … [Read more...]


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