How I annoy my family

My Elder Son just lost patience with me and the Splenda envelopes."Why is it, everywhere I turn, in the kitchen, on the counter, over the sink, even on your desks, I see these torn little packets of Splenda, and white dust everywhere?"I only like half a pack of Splenda in my coffee. So, I use half a pack. Then I fold the envelope for the next cup's use. Then I forget that I've done that and open a new envelope anyway. Yeah, it's annoying. Sometimes I even get upset at myself, when I … [Read more...]

Watch this

just watch … [Read more...]

Yes, Dogs Do Smile

Which is why they are the best friends, ever!H/T Lucianne … [Read more...]

"and just plain cool people…" – UPDATED

Did the government invite all the cool kids in the cafeteria to produce Obama-ganda on the taxpayer dime via the National Endowment for the Arts?On Thursday August 6th, I was invited by the National Endowment for the Arts to attend a conference call scheduled for Monday August 10th hosted by the NEA, the White House Office of Public Engagement, and United We Serve. The call would include “a group of artists, producers, promoters, organizers, influencers, marketers, taste-makers, leaders or j … [Read more...]

Bach knew: Deadlines hurt

H/T ReneeJ. S. Bach had a little problem. J. S. Bach was in a fix. J. S. Bach couldn't find an answer. What to do?I've written most of a rather fabulous work! Toccata, it's in D minor, but now I'm feeling a bit of a jerk. I can't think of what should come after it.Now, said his wife, who was resting up after her 33rd child. Johann, my dear, you should just go to bed. Something always comes up.Don't be a twit! It's a real crisis and I'm working to a deadline. What can I fit? What to fit … [Read more...]

Two Mysteries

Pascal's MemorialandTorn Anchoress' (no, not me, have no idea who this is) "Exit Interview" (Note the date)Discuss? … [Read more...]

The Toxic Card of Racism Trumps Hearts

A few months ago, during the Obama-at-Notre Dame controversy, I had a conversation with a journalist at another magazine, and opined that the whole issue of life vs. death was -and has been since the time of Moses- a contest between light and dark, and would continue to be so. The journalist said, "you just said 'black and white,'" and teased me for being a racist.But I'd said "light and dark," and he admitted, when he stopped laughing, that he had heard "light and dark," but had … [Read more...]

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...]

My retreat wasn't long enough!

Bear with me, please. Real life is intruding. Somehow my house has exploded or something, and there just seems to be STUFF everywhere I look. It seems like every available flat surface has too much stuff on it. There are boxes everywhere. There are two kids preparing to go back to school. There are looming appointments I knew nothing about and the possibility of sudden overnight travel.Glad I had my little retreat, but I wonder if they'll take me back? This is madness.Please bear with … [Read more...]

Chesterton on Politicians

"It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." -- G.K. Chesterton The Cleveland Press, 3/1/21 and, just because I like this quote... "Giving government money and power is like giving car keys and whiskey to a teenage boy" - P.J. O'Rourke … [Read more...]