More Virgin Mary, Less Virgin Islands

A great piece by my pal by Fr. James Martin, SJ:Look, I love family photos during the holidays. Plus, I actually read those annual holiday letters, all of which start with "What a busy year it's been!" Seeing photos of my friends and their families and even enjoying a few sunny beach scenes when it's cold and dark outside is a highlight of December.But I enjoy the photos more when they're inside the card, not the card itself. Because more and more, even devout Christians have been replacing … [Read more...]

Black Friday and Love – UPDATED

I wondered why things seemed so "quiet" on the internet and then remembered, oh yeah - Black Friday. I give all due credit to those hardy souls who are willing rise from their after-Thanksgiving exhaustion to brave the stores - particularly those awful "earlybird" sales - and get a large bit of Christmas shopping done. I tried it one year and decided, no. My abhorrence of crowds and my sense of personal dignity just couldn't allow me to be herded about or shoved into running crowds to get … [Read more...]

Joyless Prudes & Panics

I'm sorry but I'm really starting to lose patience with these decorate nothing because it might offend someone and don't let kids dress up for thanksgiving because it might give offense or re-inforce an old narrative that needs "correction."These people prattling on and on, trying to render everything sterile in the name of "sensitivity" and "accuracy" give me a pain in the ass. One wonders - if these practices are so "demeaning" and detrimental to society - how these enlightened folks (who … [Read more...]

What the hell is wrong with these people?

Speechless. … [Read more...]

Prom Queen of Love

Three beauties photographed by Carolyn PassGot this great story from reader Frank, who found it here.Never has the selection of a homecoming queen sent so many tears falling so freely.Kristin Pass, an 18-year-old senior with Down syndrome, became Aledo High School's homecoming queen Friday to a joyous standing ovation and the flutter of a thousand tissues on a remarkable night for an amazing young woman.Her grandfather, Dr. David Campbell of Corsicana, escorted her onto the field and … [Read more...]

What's wrong with "Pie"? UPDATED

I'm seeing posts here and there giggling and making fun of this Obama video and his overuse of the word "pie."Chris Barrett & Powerhouse PicturesCan I say, I don't get it. What's the big deal? The man likes pie! There's nothing wrong with that. I got a pie-lovin' son. When he was 9 years old, he and I spent a few days at Montauk while Elder Son and his father were at Boy Scout Camp together. Buster announced that he was hungry for pie and was going to have pie at every meal.I … [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...]

A picture of Buster

I've posted the a picture before of Buster and Elder son, which you can see here,But a couple of folks, while kindly inquiring after Buster's health have asked for a picture.So, here you go.Aw, you didn't think I was going to put up something current did you?Well, okay, this is pretty recent:via … [Read more...]

An Obama Greek Tragedy of Absent Love?

I like this piece by the Headmistress, which echos much of what I feel about Barack Obama; that while I dislike his policies, there is something about him that I like and almost sympathize with. I won't vote for him, and I still believe he never meant to be the Democrat nominee in '08; I think he meant to be Hillary's veep, at best - he'd soften her bristles, warm her chilly edges and give her ticket class and panache, and he'd get 8 years to learn the ropes and prepare himself to walk into the … [Read more...]

Palin s/b "gangraped by black men."

I'm down with a fever and likely this will be my only post for the day; if I feel better later I will record and post Compline, but right now kind of out of it. And cranky.Just three thoughts.1) It seems like President Bush - who tried in 2003 to prevent the economic meltdown we're in today - has pulled everyone's asses out of the fire. He will get no credit for it. President Bush appears to be the last grown-up left in Washington, but he will get no props. Credit and props will go to … [Read more...]