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...]

"Abortion is a blessing!"

You know, it's so sick, I really didn't want to write about it. I linked to Amy Welborn and figured I'd let you folks find this monstrosity on your own, but I want to make sure you read it.These remarks were made before a NARAL audience, in 2007, but are only just getting some reaction, perhaps because of the current movement to suppress the conscience clause that protects doctors, nurses and pharmacists from losing their jobs, and Catholic hospitals from closing their doors.Or, perhaps … [Read more...]

Advice: In Hard Times, "Give More" – UPDATED

He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, "Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood." -- … [Read more...]

Podcast late: Almost burned down house!

I wrote here, that I would be recording a podcast of Vespers in 'about an hour.'Well, Vespers will be late. They're coming, just as soon as I write this and my hands stop shaking.Here's the deal: I'm fasting. No eating between meals, only two meals a day, yadda yadda, by the time supper comes around, yer girl is pretty hungry, a little lightheaded and goofy.My husband is having a "guys night out" which I encouraged. Elder Son is distracted. So, I decided I would order out - a pasta … [Read more...]

My husband is a gem, a jewel!

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 after reading Rachel Lucas and Dr. Helen on this miserable toothache of a woman who recommends treating a husband like a child in order to achieve "parity" in marriage (dear Lord in heaven - who has been promoting this myth … [Read more...]

Benedict: The Last 20th Century Man: UPDATED

:::SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE:::It seems almost silly to say I am bringing coverage of Benedict XVI's extraordinary sojourn in America to a close (actually, my final final thoughts are here) because the truth is I will likely be reading all of his addresses more closely and bringing them up in coming weeks, but the wall-to-wall writing will end here. I do want, though, to end with a thought that blipped through my head when Benedict was in DC, and again as he addressed the United … [Read more...]

Sometimes I feel like Rose Castorini

Rose Castorini is a wonderful character in the film Moonstruck. Beautifully played by Olympia Dukakis (she won an Oscar for the role) Rose is the long-suffering wife of Cosmo (Vincent Gardenia), who is going through a mid-life crisis, and the mother of Loretta (Cher), a woman approaching her 40's with a case of the dowdies and a practical idea about becoming a bride.I've always loved the character of Rose because she is so real. Her first lines are uttered when she is awakened from a sound … [Read more...]

Lileks on Bumperstickers

I just love the James Lileks' wry voice and the way he can lay someone out quite nicely without ever baring the teeth. Wish I could do it. Today he muses on people who slap bumperstickers all over their cars as a sort of 24/7 angry finger thrust in the face of whoever might be behind them. (H/T: Birds Eye View)I have no bumperstickers, for the same reason I do not paste editorials with which I agree on the seat of my pants. I’m always fascinated by people who load up the bumper with so many … [Read more...]

Buster the Delicate

I should have anticipated it, of course. When we spent time in the ER the other day, I should have realized that there would likely be an opportunistic bug somewhere on the premises, which meant that - of course - we'd be spending time at the doctor's today, because Buster gets absolutely everything he is exposed to.Yes. He's 6' 1", 200 lbs of brawn, and he's as delicate as Camille. Sneeze on him and you take him out. Cough on him, and he's in bed for a week.This time it's the old … [Read more...]

Playing to the cameras; a theory about why

In response to my revealing my utter disinterest in growing the blog much beyond "playful primate" status or getting this Irish mug on camera somewhere, Dirty Harry has written a very funny personal confession (and some nice remarks in between the laughs).But you know, it is a very interesting thing, to consider how others reacted to my being contacted by the BBC. The assumption that everyone made was, "well of COURSE you'd want to be part of that - anyone would..."But would anyone? And why? Why … [Read more...]


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