OSV 2010: The 8 Biggest Stories

It's a wee bit early, but Our Sunday Visitor has posted a look at the 8 biggest stories of 2010. See if you can read this excerpt from the intro and figure out who wrote it:"...let us look back at a teeter-totter of a year, where high-riding America suddenly found herself hitting the ground of reality with a thud. War is not over; the economic recovery is slow-to-stagnant and those who are not yet struggling themselves know someone, or love someone, who is.We learned a few things in 2010: … [Read more...]

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Gifts & Good Reads Linkaround

GIFT AND GOOD READS: My friend John Zmirak, who earlier this year edited Disorientation; How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind, to which I happily contributed along with many writers much better than I, writes with some humor about (among other things) the trials and tribulations of getting his latest book out in time for Christmas:My new Bad Catholic's Guide to the Seven Deadly Sins is finally on sale -- delayed as it was for months by the publisher's thrifty decision to outsource … [Read more...]

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Revelation of the Magi; What We Have Always Known

In recommending Brent Landau's Revelation of the Magi to others, I have called it "a fast read that makes the heart soar," and the book is certainly that; the illustrations are fascinating and enlightening, and the prose-voice praising God is not just lyrical, it is hypnotically joyful. It is joyful in the language of ancient prophecy, joyful at a depth even the New Testament only glimpses; it is the sort of skin-tingling joyfulness one sometimes experiences in a flash-fleeting instant of … [Read more...]

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Fun Time Waster!

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When Editors Attack!

Hi guys...just wanted to tell you things might be a little quie--Yeah...as I was saying...gonna be a little quiet around here; I'm up against a hard deadline.Later. If I live.Your prayers appreciated. … [Read more...]

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Gifts and Crafts Hodgepodge

You guys know I usually take a lot of time to put together as comprehensive a "gift idea" post, around this time of year.But I am just so swamped, and so up against a hard deadline, and so brain-fried, I wonder if you will mind if I dispense with the chatty stuff and just give you links to explore? Yes? Then here we go!Books, books, books: I am totally into giving books this year, and that's largely because I have so many great ones to recommend to you:For a close (really close) … [Read more...]

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The Bad Little Kid

This is a bad girl...I don't know what's going on with my dog, but as Auntie Lillie used to say of--ahem--some bad little kids in the family, "she's the devil's own one, lately."If I get on the phone and forget to lock her out of the office, she preens, huffs and dances around demanding my attention. If I do lock her out, she launches herself at the door. The kennel is the only place for her when I must make a call.Buster used to get into demanding mischief when I got on the phone, too, … [Read more...]

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"or you'll sink like a stone…"

"for the times, they are a-changing!"David Mills writes a particularly good piece that I meant to link to hours ago, and I don't want you to miss:Countercultural stores popped up all over town when I was young, stores where the revolution in manners and morals was thought inevitable and making a profit and relying on the law were dismissed as relics of the old uptight acquisitive materialistic square world. People congratulated themselves on doing business in a new way, without the … [Read more...]

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Election '10; Remember & Repeat

A friend who teaches high school Social Studies recently lamented to me that her students come up from middle school with such a vague idea of what has made America unique among nations since its founding--or what its character has meant to the rest of the world--that she is forced to almost play Devil's Advocate against the nation's own history, in order to entice them toward its defense.It's kind of a backwards way of teaching, she admits. Over the past several decades the social/historical … [Read more...]

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Wednesday Link-Around

I really wanted to write about Halloween today, but that's going to have to be for tomorrow; I've been so busy writing or editing today that I've had no time to really blog, sorry. But let's take a look at some interesting stuff you may have missed:In keeping with the Halloween idea, though, let's start by seeing the "experts" debate whether or not Demons are real?.I vote yes. And they come in all sorts of guises.Which is why it helps to listen to Pat Gohn discuss how we can raise up … [Read more...]

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