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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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"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...]

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H-O-L-D F-A-S-T in Homily

Readings for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary TimeFrom Deacon Greg:No matter what the conditions on the track, or the competition in the field, Secretariat never gave up or gave in.St. Paul might consider him the very definition of being persistent - whether it was convenient or inconvenient.And it all came down to his heart.You might say the same thing about living a life of prayer.To be a prayerful person requires more than just discipline or a sense of devotion. It's more than just … [Read more...]

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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...]

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Oh, let's go shopping! UPDATED

My email box is full; my deadlines are pressing and I just found a jury summons in my mailbox!I'm not having any fun, so let's go shopping!Yes, I know, no one actually has any money for shopping, but let's at least pretend. In fact, let's have a virtual cup of espresso (courtesy of Mystic Monk Coffee, whose espresso blend we've been slurping up almost nightly since returning from Rome) while we plot our spending. They finally have permission to build their monastery, so we can clink … [Read more...]

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