"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...]

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...]

Come on, Monday…

Help me get it in gear! … [Read more...]

I'm Like This

You are a Social Liberal (63% permissive) and an... Economic Moderate (55% permissive) You are best described as a: Centrist Link: The Politics Test on Ok CupidAlso: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test … [Read more...]

Jury Duty Ends

Well, I didn't get picked to serve on a jury. I am not a rural juror. My name never came out of the little spinny thing, so while I heard the lawyers discuss the barebones of a civil case to twenty prospective jurors, I was never asked whether I could have served on the case, which I could have.The worst part of Jury Duty: sitting in a room with four television screens (!) each tuned to CNN and blaring. I rarely watch television at night, and never in the morning, unless there is breaking … [Read more...]

The Brutality of Grace

Don't miss Joseph Susanka's excellent, insightful essay The Brutality of Grace, wherein he looks at the books (and films) on Cormac McCarthy:Throughout much of her life, Flannery O'Connor struggled against what she perceived as dangerous and excessive sentimentality among her readers, defending her stories against accusations of violence, brutality, and "gothic grotesqueness." For her, violence was an essential part of her message, for "to expect too much is to have a sentimental view of life … [Read more...]

Civic Duty Calls

I have been summoned to jury duty and this morning my number is up. Have no idea how long anything will go on for, but blogging will be limited, obviously, and emails will be responded to slowly.Rather wish I was Liz Lemon today...But not him: … [Read more...]

"Gentry" vs "Yahoos" – UPDATED

My Tuesday column is up, and, jumping off this post by Glenn Reynolds it looks at the question of whether or not there is a "cultural elite" and what defines them.Lately, the elitist notion has turned into a hardy grapple between the mainstream and alternative punditries. The mainstream, in a tacit admission that they are elitist, sniff “What’s the matter with elitism?” and—in a staggering display of distortive spinmanship—chide their lessers as being “anti-education.”The alternative crew vol … [Read more...]

This. Is. Awesome.

Just go read! … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Bread Pudding; Do It!

It's that time of year. Do it; make this. Bring it to work or school and people will love you and want to be nice to you!Pianogirl sent this recipe to me a few years ago. I used it for one of Buster's Eagle fund raisers, and people went berserk for it, with good reason; it is incredibly delicious. I made it a few months ago, because we really love pumpkin around here, and one of my husband's friends made a pig of himself and insisted on having the recipe. Enjoy.Pianogirl’s Pumpkin B … [Read more...]