Ora pro nobis award

I Never Told You! My Column Won an Award!

Earlier this year when I was really involved with the pneumonia, I learned that "Ora Pro Nobis", my regular column for The Catholic Answer, had been honored with an award from the Catholic Press Association:Really cool, right? Hey, I am grateful for any kind word! And 2013 was the year I … [Read More...]

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington Sent Christmas Cards All Year Long

The story goes that if the legendary composer and orchestrator Duke Ellington had met you, and gotten his hands on your mailing address, you’d have gotten a Christmas card from him. It may not come at Christmas, but at some point during the year, his personally written and signed greetings would g … [Read More...]


Suggestions for Stocking Stuffers and Kid’s Books

Earlier, I posted some Christmas gift suggestions for under $50.00, but I totally forgot to recommend some kids books and also stocking stuffers, and this year we're going heavy on stocking stuffers, ourselves, so, here we go!The first time someone gave me a giant natural sponge for a Secret … [Read More...]

Marge Fenelon

Patheos Welcomes Marge Fenelon!

You've heard her mellifluous tones gracing the airways on Relevent Radio's Morning Air program, and EWTN's Son Rise Morning Show, and you may have recently caught her providing live coverage and commentary for EWTN's coverage of the the international broadcast of the Schoenstatt Movement’s C … [Read More...]

Batman says, "Get help, Keaton. Get help!"

Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck Have Some ‘Splainin’ to Do

And here is why:Michael Keaton Isn’t Jealous of Ben Affleck: ‘I’m Batman, I’m Very Secure in That’Unlike Christian Bale, who most recently portrayed the superhero in Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy, Keaton told the ShortList that he’s not jealous that Ben Affleck will soon be donni … [Read More...]


“Slovenly!” New from KardashianFashian! UPDATED

I'm sorry to rant, but I just don't get it.I mean, it's one thing for extremely rich celebrities to do their everyman-poseur thing with the ripped jeans and tee shirts; their homage to working class people (who would very likely love to afford better wardrobes) has been old hat for decades. … [Read More...]

storytime guy

Storytime Video: Narrating a Moment of Your Life

This is kind of delightful.It's a fellow with a video recorder -- or is it a phone? -- who approaches people and narrates a moment of their lives. And their responses are terrific, and sometimes surprisingly sharp.It kind of restores my faith in humanity a little to see that most people … [Read More...]

Alle missing mommy

Should I adopt this doggie?

Ya'll remember my dear beloved, Alle, right? She was the best, smartest, sauciest dog ever; my best friend, who was even graceful in her leave-taking...I have missed her dearly. When we talk about possibly bringing another dog into the family, I keep thinking, "I'm not ready."But then, last … [Read More...]

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How Batman Prays: The Prayer Hack Series

So, Tom McDonald has been running a really fascinating and fun "prayer-hack" series, wherein he queries folks on their prayer habits.He asked me to participate, and I said okay.Then he asked his first question, and it was existential crisis, all the way through...Q: Who are you? ​A: I … [Read More...]

vladimir theotokos

Immaculate Conception: 3 Reasons I Love the Day

Later today, I'll be talking with Sheila Liaugminas (around 6:00pm, Eastern) as we take "A Closer Look" at the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and Saint Bernadette Soubirous, the visionary of Lourdes.If you ask Catholics which Marian feastday is their favorite, many will tell you it's … [Read More...]