"You mean radio…" -UPDATED

Performer Liz Lemon in HighDefMy husband is lounging about watching old episodes of 30 Rock, and he's hit on the Dealbreakers Talk Show episode, where Liz Lemon is prepping to debut as a talk-show host, and she's excited:Jack Donaghy: "Yes well, it's really happening for you Lemon. Between TGS and this, you're like a swarthy, big-hipped Kelly Ripa!"I've been listening in the background and identifying in a bit way with Liz Lemon who, upon telling people she is prepping a show keeps hearing … [Read more...]

A Balm for Fried Brains

Longtime readers know that when I get over-busy and overworked there is a crash and burn, (strangely enough, it's often an Crash-and-Burn-in-ADVENT) followed by a period of fried-brains-recovery that involves staring at beautiful fabric and period clothing, because despite my Tomboyish ways, somewhere within me there is a pathetically girly girl who is living in the wrong era and occasionally must be served.The past few days, which featured all my regular work, plus a few promised projects and … [Read more...]

Food-No-Touchees; Defeated Again!

Thanksgiving Dinner in a Cake

Thanksgiving Dinner...in a Cake!Is there a formal name for this phobia some people have about the foods on their plate...touching?It is common to see children squirm and pout when a piece of meat overlaps on to their green beans. Kids seem to instinctively understand that beans go here and potatoes go there and never the twain shall meet.Some adults lose that wisdom, as they grow older and less attentive. I do not count myself among their number.I may not eat at their table, … [Read more...]

Ah, Autumn! Gravestone Rubbings!

Oh, Autumn! My very favorite season. I love the crisp air, the crunch of brown leaves underfoot, the need to keep a light shawl handy as one is running errands, the wee creatures scurrying about, collecting their acorns for the long winter (and if the number of them falling from my oak tree is any indicator, it's going to be a cold, snowy one!) and I love the fuss and fun of Halloween!I love the howling winds, particularly in late October, when they remind us of the holy souls we'll remember … [Read more...]

"Someone's gonna die!"

I have been sitting here, working away at my desk, and all around me, for over a quarter of an hour, now, has been the smell of roses, even though there is not a rose in the house.It is delightful! I am delighted.Why does it happen, sometimes, that we smell flowers out of nowhere?Or is this something that only my mother and I have experienced?Of course, I find it a lovely gift and let it go.My mother, when she smelled flowers, would declare in a panicked voice: "I smell flowers! … [Read more...]

The Unthinkable: To Rome I Go!

Back in July I did one of my loud, obnoxious huff-and-puffs:Honestly, do I have to go to Rome and storm the press office of the Holy See, and sit the curia down and pull their hats off to smack them upside the head?Now, oddly--unimaginably--well...I'm going to Rome and will be visiting the press offices of the Holy See, to boot!And no, you smart-alecks, the picture above is not meant to indicate that my presence in Rome portends a coming darkness. Stop that!What happened is basically … [Read more...]

Love Has Limits, Now?

In E. L. Doctorow's The Book of Daniel, a novel loosely based on trial and execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, the children of arrested spies are put into the unwilling keeping of a distant relative - a woman who accepts the responsibility and then stumps off, saying, "I'll do my best, but that's all!"Reading it as a teenager, that was my first exposure to the idea that people could choose to put limits on love.Of course, the idea has gained some traction, particularly in the past 4 … [Read more...]

Receiving Communion at Age 6?

Horrible Little Girl on a Great Day, Age 6There is a question being bandied about, thanks to A Cardinal's Musings::Children today are maturing so quickly and are exposed to so many different influences that it might be time to consider allowing them to prepare for and receive their first Communion even before their 7th birthdays, said the head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments."A child's first Communion is like the beginning of a journey with Jesus, in communion … [Read more...]

Listen to Lizzie

I don't know why you should; no one else does, and I've admitted to God more than once he mustn't listen to me either.But if you find you want to, and you're in the Louisville, Kentucky area, I'll be once again talking to Mike Janocik at WLCR AM 1040 on this piece on marriage in a relativistic age, which I hope to write more about, anon.Also, if you missed it, Melissa Clouthier chatted it up on her radio show a couple of weeks ago; it wasn't the raucous and rambunctious time had by Melissa, … [Read more...]

Lizzie's New Adventure!

Recent weeks have brought some new opportunities and looming adventures my way, and I will be rolling them out a little at a time, just to keep you in suspense, but today I can tell you that in addition to blogging here at First Things and contributing the occasional On the Square piece, I will also be managing the Catholic Portal over at Patheos.com.Some of you may recognize Patheos from my blogroll, and recent links by this and other blogs, including Hot Air and Instapundit have made to the … [Read more...]