The Bookshelf is Back!

I hadn't even realized it was gone! When the site was redesigned, I completely overlooked that The Bookshelf link was missing from the left sidebar! Thanks to an eagle-eyed reader who wrote asking me about it - without the heads-up, I might not have noticed for a while...I'm such a blitherhead that when I look at the site I'm busy sighing about how pretty it is, and not paying close enough attention! Now it is restored, just below the blog award-type buttons and above the tin-cup rattling … [Read more...]

A lovely sort of gift

When linking to this wonderful live Adoration site, which I'd mentioned here, a site provided by the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, I noticed they have a new link whereby you can pay for the flowers they use to decorate the altar, in remembrance of someone, or in Thanksgiving for something, or for your own intention, or someone else's. The notice reads: Flowers for the Altar Altar flowers for the week of Sunday, June 03, 2007 are for the special intentions of [name]. Please join us in prayer … [Read more...]

American Summer, 2007 – Snapshot 2

Last night I was relating this story to a friend, and she suggested that perhaps a/c temp was not the policy of the management but of that afternoon's staff, as she'd shopped there earlier in the week and the air had felt quite comfortable. "I have an even better story for you though," she said. "A couple months ago, I'm at [a multi-checkout line department store], standing on line behind a young girl - like 15 years old - and two men, one say in his 30's and the other with grey hair. The … [Read more...]

2 snapshots of America, June 2007 – UPDATE

Thanks to online shopping, I rarely head into bookstores, but today I needed to buy a gift in a hurry and so I ventured into one - the place was empty and I found what I needed quickly and then browsed a bit. While the temperature outside was only about 73 degrees, the day was humid and the store felt very warm to me. We don't have central air in the house, just ceiling fans, and they pretty much do the trick, but when I'm shopping, I like to feel cool and comfortable, not oppressed. With no … [Read more...]

“So, Loser, where’s Part III?”

Part III is partially written (go here and here if you don't know what I mean) - I got jammed up yesterday and couldn't finish it, and with the death of the immigration bill I'll necessarily have to re-think where I wanted to go with it. Some appointments this morning will delay that. But I can make a quick observation... Remember when the Democrats won in November, and some of us said, "well, okay, maybe now that they've gotten control of the Houses the Left will stop feeling so put-upon and … [Read more...]

Corpus Christi; The Body of Christ, Amen

Greg Kandra is the editor of Couric & Co, the blog associated with the CBS Evening News broadcast. He is also a recently-ordained Deacon in the Catholic Church, and how lucky is the parish in Forest Hills, Queens, to have so talented a wordsmith, and so faithful a servant of God and man, preaching from the Ambo. This Sunday they will feast on this bounty: First Reading: Gen 14:18-20, Melchizedek bringing bread and wine and blessing Abram Then Psalm 110 The Lord's revelation to my … [Read more...]

Rethinking Scooter Libby’s pardon

You know, the other day I wrote, that President Bush should just pardon Scooter Libby, already. Then Ed Morrissey wrote that while he had no problem with a pardon, we should be respectful of the fact that a jury weighed the evidence and found him guilty...and I thought, "Ed's right in that. If we're going to respect the rule of law, we have to take a jury's verdict with some seriousness, even if we don't like that verdict." He's written more here. Then I read this piece in the Washington … [Read more...]

Part II: Bush Betrayal & the Nation’s Soul

This very long post disappeared on me twice while I wrote it, causing me to re-write it, twice. Untold grief. If it reads a trifle rough, please excuse that. And damn all computers. This is long, but I hope worth reading: In Part I of what it appears will be a three-part carry-on, I wrote: And by the way, the press has noticed what sets you off, and they’ve been playing to your heat, and you’ve been responding to their bell-ringing like Pavlovian dogs, too. Big Lizards, along a … [Read more...]

Quote of the week from Mrs. Hayden

"The woman sitting in front of us was very upset and asked me how I could just sit there reading," Katie Hayden said. "Bob's been shot at. He's been stabbed. He's taken knives away. He knows how to handle those situations. I figured he would go up there and step on somebody's neck, and that would be the end of it. I knew how that situation would end. I didn't know how the book would end." From Blackfive, here's some background: Shortly before landing, Bob Hayden and a flight attendant had … [Read more...]

Pants Berger plans his vaca; Libby to jail – UPDATED

A good illustration in incongruity. One man misremembers and gets a quarter-million dollar fine and thirty months. One steals and destroys classified documents and...well, he's probably at Martha's Vineyard or soon will be. President Bush should probably pardon Scooter Libby. The press and the left got a third tier scalp - at astonishing cost to themselves - and everyone involved should be embarrassed by this denouement. UPDATE:Captain's Quarter's blog's Ed Morrissey says a Libby pardon … [Read more...]