Christmas Music Recommends; Last Minute, but Still Time!


Over at Lisa Hendey's place, she is recommending some beautiful music. This reminds me that I need to do that, too -- that I'd promised a bunch of music recommendations for Christmas before utterly running out of steam after recommending gifts and then books and dvds! Lisa's recommendations are excellent -- you can't go wrong with Benedictine Nuns or Dominican sisters chanting! But let us give a little attention to some of the menfolk. I love female voices in chant, but I must confess … [Read more...]

Annual Christmas Gift Ideas Post, PART I


Yes, it's time (past time, in fact) for my annual "Gift Ideas" post. Believe it or not, people actually ask for this post -- for the last three weeks I've gotten emails and private messages asking when it would be posted. The truth is, I haven't been in the mood to do it; these things are really time-consuming (and my schedule lately is stupid) but more than that, I have been feeling altogether un-consumer-y this year, and was feeling that way even before the release of Evangelii Guaduium, … [Read more...]

A Global Wave of Prayer, A Year-Long Campaign

food for all

The last time the Pope called for a day of prayer, we were on the verge of military action against Syria that would have lead God only knows where. Here's another global prayer moment! And a year-long campaign! Join in! Lord God, from the abundance of your mercies You stretch out your hand to defend the poor. You satisfy the thirsty soul, And the hungry you fill with good things. You give your people their daily bread, And feed your children with finest wheat. Inspire us by the … [Read more...]

Two images and the opening of Evangelii Guadium – UPDATED


"The great danger in today's world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s … [Read more...]

Well, yes, sometimes I am a motormouth…

Source. And I should be so thin.

Sometimes readers who have heard me speak live or on the radio will tell me that I speak very quickly, which is a very New York thing -- and I guess a nice change, since when I first moved here people thought I talked. Too. S-l-o-w. I can be a motor-mouth, especially when I have worked too long in the office and haven't actually been social for a while. At a luncheon last week, I'm pretty sure my companions wondered, "does she ever take a breath?" The intention is to do better, to be a … [Read more...]

A kind of graphic mini-novel of Pope Francis

Jason Bach Neurofibromatosis

If you remember this beautiful moment (and how could you forget it), then you know that this is very well done, indeed: See the rest of it, here. If the artist's work seems familiar, it's because you've enjoyed his cartoons here, before at his site, and you've also seen it on the cover of my new book, which is so brilliantly graced by his talents. Keep your eye on Jason Bach. He's a comer, and a gift to the church. And if you can't get enough of Francis, well, the moment when he … [Read more...]

Yes, An Invisible Bike Helmet. For Real! UPDATED

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Currently, my elder son is bicycling from Penn Station to his job, every day, and yes, he wears a helmet, but that doesn't mean my heart doesn't skip a beat every time I contemplate him riding in nutty New York City traffic -- especially if he's having one of his days of creative pondering. The kind of creative pondering that brings forth ideas like invisible bike helmets. Yes, invisible bike helmets. I think if my son wore one, I might feel a little bit better as he cycles through … [Read more...]

These Pre-election Day Robo-Calls…

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Between 9AM and noon today, there had already been five automaticly-dialed, recorded phone calls from earnest candidates begging for my vote. I'm sure they're not finished with me, and that the calls will continue through tomorrow evening. These robo-calls have to be the biggest waste of campaign funds, ever. To my way of thinking, a politician who spends money on robo-calls indirectly communicate to voters that he or she is a politician who spends money unwisely, and therefore ought not to … [Read more...]

My Tootsies are Cold!

cute mules

This autumn we are being energy-frugal-and-budget-wise and keeping the heat either off or very low. Even though I am trying to do a half-hour to 45 minutes on the bike each day (which one would think would up the warmth factor)I'm finding that our virtue is challenging my tootsies, and I hate wearing shoes in the house. Everything is fine as long as I stay at my desk, where this combo footrest/heater more than does the trick, but yowie, the kitchen floor and and the rest of the house chill me … [Read more...]

Lou Reed finds the Satellite of Love


I always loved the surprise of this performance. Lou Reed is gone, at age 71. RIP Simcha has more. So does Frank Weathers, who notes that Reed played for JPII. … [Read more...]