Quick congrats to Bob Owens at Confederate Yankee who applied the first heat to the progressively overt-in-its bias-NY Times regarding its heavy discount to Moveon.org after turning down other advocacy group ads. Well done, Bob. Somehow it does seem unlikely that the Times would do something similar for something like this. And it’s tiring to say “imagine if GOP advocates had pulled this. Yawn. This is pretty clever, though. Investor’s Business Daily calls it subsidizing sedition. I don’t know if… Read more

Icon of St. Benedict, New Clairvaux Abbey, Vina, California Written by a nun of St. Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK I’ve long admired the website for the Benedictine Nuns at St. Cecilia’s Abbey in the Isle of Wight, UK, but it’s nice to see it highlighted and discover a lovely website in the bargain. Fr. Ray Blake quotes the Benedictines as to why they still chant the Liturgy of the Hours in Latin: We made a deliberate choice to keep the… Read more

Someone emailed me asking for the link to the candy-making Trappistine nuns (affectionately nicknamed “Our Lady of the Incredible Candy”) – but when I try to reply the email doesn’t work. The link is here if you are still interested. May I suggest, if you have an office full of people to buy gifts for this Christmas, or teachers, school bus drivers, beauticians, etc…these candies are simply scrumptious and your purchase helps keep these ladies in their praying habits. UPDATE:… Read more

Modern medicine is miraculous. The placement of a stent to hold open a narrowed tube…and things quickly get rosier. I thank you for your prayers, yesterday. When a man is 75 years old, everything can look scary very quickly. Pop is looking better; things look much better, all around, after a frightening few hours. It’s funny, both of my in-law’s fathers died in their 40’s, of heart ailments – and that was back when folks walked everywhere and worked hard… Read more

They’re both dealing with medical issues but Pop’s been brought to the hospital in need of emergency surgery. If you are inclined to prayer, please offer one up for his sake, and for his wife’s. Thank you. Read more

REPOST: I wrote this in January of 2006, when the NSA wiretapping program was leaked. Reposting it today because it reflects my memories of 9/11 pretty well. Curiously enough, Jules Crittenden is also remembering the day in detail – so are Vanderleun and James Lileks. Why do so many of us feel the need, this year, to not simply observe the date, but to actively haul out and live through these memories? Perhaps it’s simply because in an era where… Read more

Sensible Mom, who wrote so well, so forthrightly, so politely and well…so sensibly, and who used her gifts to deconstruct dubious constructs so definitively, is hanging up her keyboard and moseying off into sunset. She writes: I’ve turned to blogging less and less. Maybe it’s because I’ve realized that the news never really changes. It’s just the same cycle over and over and it’s too much like swimming against the tide. I know I’m just part of an echo chamber…. Read more

“I have the immense joy of being man, a member of a race in which God Himself became incarnate. As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now that I realize what we all are. And if only everybody could realize this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.” — Thomas Merton I often think about Thomas Merton and his… Read more

Now that my computer seems back on track, I find myself needing to once more run out and send Buster stuff he needs for school. (He loves college life, btw, and is adjusting well. Strangely enough, so am I. It’s not a bad thing to get reacquainted with the spouse or to clean a room and have it stay clean. I adore my kids and miss them every day…but empty nest syndrome lasted only a week or so…Am I a… Read more

Seem to be having a resurgence of the computer problems that plagued me in the summer. Hopefully will be functional soon. Read more

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