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Happy Hannukah! Or Oy, Come all ye Faithful!Mulling Advent and Friendship over coffee. It's a nice, thoughtful piece by Patrick O' Hannigan, even though he does not say whether it was the delectable Mystic Monk Coffee being served. No, I can't recommend it enough!We'd like Rites and Rituals: but with no transcendence, please.Bush is mulling a farewell message. I personally think he should buy an hour of tv time and debunk the NY Times one distortion, spin or outright lie at a time. At … [Read more...]

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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...]

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Advent: The Coming of Love

Day OneWhy Advent? What’s the point?I have been asked that more than once, particularly by my Evangelical friends: why do Catholics and others, put so much stock in “ritualistic” sorts of things not explicitly spelled out in scripture – things like Advent, and its trappings - the purple vestments, the Advent wreaths and such. “Jesus came once for all, he doesn’t keep coming,” one woman said. “Christmas is a wonderful season. Why do you need a whole Advent season, too? What’s the point?" … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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What the hell is wrong with these people?

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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...]

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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...]

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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 … [Read more...]

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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...]

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