The Art of the Painless Coup

On Twitter, Ron Fournier post his latest piece, here, with a glum, "We can't trust Hillary. Her team is convinced trust doesn't matter to voters!"To which I replied: "[They] Might be right; a majority contentedly distracted w/Kardashians and zeitgeist can be brought along; we get "leaders" we deserve."Fournier suggested that people can watch the Kardashians and The Bachelorette and still be well-informed, but I have my doubts; I suggested that a "Kardashian Distracshian" is precisely … [Read more...]

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"You will always have this…"

A Puffy-Eye'd Crybaby with Monkey FaceInside Catholic is reposting something I'd forgotten that I'd written, and upon re-reading, I think it's worth recommending to you:I knelt at my seat, thanking and welcoming Jesus, as I'd been taught, and suddenly I was in the grip of something I had never felt before -- an indescribable sweetness, an overwhelming sense of . . . what, exactly? I could not have then articulated the ringing sense, deep within myself, of "holy, holy, holy" like the peal of … [Read more...]

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"Who told you that you were naked?"

Reposted from Lent, 2008, which was a very searing season."WHO TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE NAKED?"Expulsion from Paradise* H/T Reader AnthonyThe woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made … [Read more...]

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Modern Medicine, Ancient Knowledge

MODERN MEDICINE CATCHES UP TO ANCIENT KNOWLEDGE Originally posted June 11, 2005In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the constitution of a mother while pregnant will have lifelong effects upon her child.For example, a mother who is severely depressed or experiencing extreme sadness during her pregnancy may suffer some lung ailments: Sadness effects the energy and tonality of the lungs. Ergo, her child may end up having problems with asthma.Interestingly, Western Medicine is beginning to … [Read more...]

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Yes, Every Sperm is Sacred!

Dear Hubby and I are still off looking at pumpkin farms and seeking out some quiet. This is a rather controversial subject that I've decided to put up while I'm not around to hear anyone's screams.Every Sperm is Sacred,Originally posted August 04, 2005, and tidied up a bit, hereGot an interesting email from another blogger, a fairly new Catholic, who is having a little trouble believing something. He writes:...some people on my blog suggested that every ejaculation had to hit the target, … [Read more...]

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Resentment, Poison & Prayer

Having resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other guy to die. -- Malachy McCourtA few days ago I got an email from a presumably "left wing" (I'm so tired of these inadequate labels) visitor who took exception to my demonstrated dislike of the junior Senator from New York. After suggesting that I am the unthinking, misogynistic prisoner of the patriarchy, the correspondent wrote:[Hillary] is competitive and power hungry and you can't stand it, but I don't think you … [Read more...]

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Shame, Praise, Undercutting Greatness

Reposted from January, 2006I hope we have reached the nadir of Reality TV, now. It's all getting too creepy.em>More than a decade after 16-year-old Amy Fisher had a sexual relationship with a much-older car mechanic and shot his wife in the face, the one-time "Long Island Lolita" and Joey and Mary Jo Buttafuoco have agreed to appear together in a televised reunion.The man has sex with a minor, the minor blows a hole in the man's wife's face, and now they're all going to go on TV and … [Read more...]

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At the dinner table, when fasting

So, this is what happens when you are fasting but you still have to cook supper. You find a new recipe for chicken that sounds good and you make it.And the suppertime conversation goes like this:Hubby: What is this?Me: It's a new recipe. It sounded good.Buster: Mom...you're fasting. Everything sounds good to you right now.Me: It's not good?Hubby: Um...no. Not really. It's okay...but...please don't ever make this again. Ever.Buster: I hate to say it, but this … [Read more...]

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Burnin' Down the House!

DH and I are having a bit of a quiet away-time. It was just about a year ago, I was almost burning down the house!Reposted from October 2008I 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 … [Read more...]

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Playing to the Cameras…

Reality shows are all over the television now. That's partly because we are a nation of voyeurs, partly because reality shows are cheap to produce, and partly because we have raised a generation that is very comfortable spilling everything before a flashing red light. As I am on a mini-getaway with my husband, this piece from 2005 -which is about my then-refusal to do an interview for the BBC- seemed apropos:February 14, 2005 Playing to the cameras; a theory about whyIn response to my … [Read more...]

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