Old and New On the Square's

"On the Square" is, of course, the featured daily article of First Things Online, and I am remiss in that I had intended to link to the Ronald E. Osborn two-parter posted on Monday and Tuesday. Entitled Obama’s Niebuhrian Moment, it is a long and rather magnificent exposition of the influence of Reinhold Niebuhr on President Obama, as exposed in his Nobel-Prize acceptance speech.In his December 10, 2009, Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, President Barack Obama offered a vigorous defense of … [Read more...]

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Lord, Don't Trust Lizzie! UPDATED

When writing about nuns on sleds, I happened to mention that my randomly-pulled patron saint for 2010 is St. Philip Neri, of whom I am not well-informed, beyond the fact that he was known to be "cheerful and charming."Since a lack of both charm and cheerfulness has generally defined Lizzie, I have been assuming that Neri and I would make an uncomfortable team; I am certainly open to being taught those habits (or traits) if they are in fact teachable, but I believe good St. Philip will find me … [Read more...]

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My best blog post of 2009?

Glenn Reynolds notes that some bloggers are re-running what they feel are their "best" blogposts for 2009.Half the time, I can't even remember what I've written. I'm always amused when my Li'l Bro Thom reminds me of a line I've written, or someone emails that a particular post really "worked," for them, and I go back and re-read it and think, "hey, that's not bad; forgot I wrote it." Generally, the stuff I think is really good gets little attention and the stuff I think of as … [Read more...]

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What are your New Year Resolutions? UPDATED

In the comments section, Dry Valleys (a lovable resident lefty who admits he doesn't know how he has ended up hanging out here so often and actually enjoying it) mentioned New Year's Resolutions, and I thought - what a good idea, why didn't I think of that?I'd love to hear what everyone is resolving to do this year. As usual, I am resolving to do better on my diet (I have made a good start in December, actually) and to be more disciplined in both spiritual and physical exercise.But my most … [Read more...]

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Why I am not a novelist…

Over at Twitter, Kim Priestap wrote:The bad news: my 4 year old daughter has a stomach bug - again. The good news: I'm at 3600 words in NaNoWriMo.To which I replied, with great compassion:sorry about your daughter. what is nanowrimore?Ah...this sounds like fun, but not for me.I have written three or four complete novels in my life, and trashed all but one of them. Totally trashed, as in not one word still exists.I have one book still in a desk drawer; I wrote it so long … [Read more...]

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My Husband: An Appreciation

I wrote this in April of '08 about my husband, but every word is still true. As we take off for a weekend of togetherness, I want to tell you, again, what a wonderful man God has gifted me with, though I do not deserve him:I don't write much about my husband because he's a private fella; now and again I'll relate a period of puzzlement he may express regarding our children or the books that disturb his sleep, or some recipe-gone-wrong. I think once I referred to him as a "swell egg."But … [Read more...]

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Happy Birthday to me!

October is my birthday month and I am 51. It is also our Wedding Anniversary month; we are married 27 years.Both hubby and I are deeply in need of some time away from our respective daily grinds -I frankly cannot read or write another word of news, stagecraft and revealed lies. He cannot stand another droning meeting or another day of deadlines and incessant beeping. We're very grateful to be able to earn our livings -and we love our jobs- but between beepers, emails, teleconferences, … [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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Clearing out the tab

I've got some deadlines to meet and a project I'd like to get started, so I need to stop futzing around, reading news and blogs and get to it. Here is what's been cluttering up my tab-bar for the last day or so - it's a bit of a jumble, sorry:Malta, shamelessly cribbed from CrescatBeautiful Malta! Where Doug Kmiec is the new US Ambassador after what Dan Gilgoff describes as a "strange religious/political" swearing in. Kmiec is the Catholic former Reagan WH Legal Counsel who campaigned … [Read more...]

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The Leadership Void; we need St. Benedict

Deacon Greg sent this my way, noting, "this is extraordinary, and the piece mentions you, too!"Such a star, I am!What is "extraordinary" is the lengthy post Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley put up in his blog, addressing the criticism he has received for presiding (in a very minimalist way, it must be said) at the Funeral Mass of Sen. Ted Kennedy.For the record, I wasn't one of those suggesting Kennedy should not have a Catholic funeral; my gripe was with the sanctification of the man … [Read more...]

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