My husband’s laptop bit the dust and he needed to get work done, so he commandeered my unit for the weekend. Will be back Monday! Read more

I happened to catch the end of one of chef Lidia Matticchio Bastianich’s wonderful cooking shows on PBS (cooking recipes from Napoli) and – given this dish only calls for three ingredients – I was able to recreate it tonight. It’s….mmmmmmm….we made right pigs of ourselves. Thought I’d pass it on. Ingredients: 1lb Perciatelli pasta 3 large white onions, sliced into chunks 1 large can of peeled plum tomatoes Locatelli or Peccorino Romano grated cheese Throw the sliced onions into… Read more

I dunno, maybe it’s just me, but if I were Bill or Hillary Clinton and I saw a story like this about a member of my “Global Initiative” I’d want to distance myself from such a character: During a Capitol Hill hearing yesterday, Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican and ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, confronted EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson about the strongly-worded letter written July 13 by Michael T. Eckhart, president of the American… Read more

Within the “sameness” of a religious order, there are still wonderful differences. Note the Poor Clares at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery here, traditional, solemn, solidly Western and sounding very beautiful, and then see their sisters in Malawi, here, in joyful, gleeful and profound adoration, their prayer translated by an Irish priest. Sorry you must use the link for the Malawi nuns, as their video cannot be added here, but don’t miss them! I also like this video, although… Read more

I wonder…hmmm…could it possibly be? The sun calms down and the weather cools down. A link, you think? And to those who emailed me about the flooding in Britain, offering it as evidence of “weird” weather caused by global warming, I ask only this: if this is the worst flooding in the UK in 60 years, what was going on 60 years ago that caused it back then? And do you remember the great Mississippi flood of 1993? Weather happens…. Read more

I am not Dave Gorman. But you know that. Until earlier this week, I had no idea who Dave Gorman was. I’m sure I knew there were Dave Gormans in the world, of course. Gorman is not an uncommon name (we even had a Bishop Gorman here in the states some years back) and Dave is even less uncommon name. I might even be able to look into my old yearbooks – or my husband’s, or son’s – and find… Read more

Two and a half weeks later…not much has changed, except, hopefully, me. When I left on July 5 I did it declaring – to myself, at least – that I was hereby “detaching” myself from all associations with news and news by-products. Not only would I not be blogging, but I would not be reading other blogs or websites. As much as I could while traveling within the world, I would not be watching or reading news unless troubling circumstances… Read more

A few days ago I mentioned that an opportunity had presented itself which involved me getting away for two weeks – ten days, really – to do things like get back to nature, go fishing, chant psalmody and otherwise amuse myself with my family, and we’ve decided we all need the break, we all need the getaway, so away we go. After considering it, I’ve decided that this is a great opportunity to take a real break – to leave… Read more

Hey, folks – you’ve noticed I’m a little quieter than usual; that may continue for a bit (I have a chance to get away for two weeks and I may take it!) but I am not leaving you abandoned. Here to fire up your synapses and provoke your thoughts is the always provocative Dick Meyer, on Kevin Costner’s latest flick: Our Mr. Brooks This week I saw Mr. Brooks with Kevin Costner and William Hurt. It’s a polluted little movie… Read more

When God the Creator made all things, He commanded the plants to bring forth fruit according to its own kind. He has likewise commanded Christians, who are the living plants of his Church, to bring forth the fruits of devotion…in accord with their characters, their stations and their callings…Therefore, in whatever situations we happen to be, we can and we must aspire to the life of perfection. – St. Francis de Sales, The Introduction to the Devout Life If you… Read more

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