snowsanta

“I Hate Youse All!” Uncle Charlie, Christmas & Authentic Love

Christmas day never comes without my remembrance of "Uncle Charlie", a family friend who once appeared on our doorstep, decked out in all of Santa's raiment and tripping in his boots only slightly. He had apparently been Santa for a party at the local soup kitchen (or the local bar; this was never … [Read More...]

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Unholy Rage Inspired by the Birth of the Christ

My little cousin and I watch as my uncle washes away the blood, and examines the wound. He is making that odd breathless noise—halfway between a gasp of surprise and a sigh of regret—that he always makes when an attack has been thwarted. My uncle, after all, is nearly forty; an old man long past the … [Read More...]

Strange Gods Award

Award-winning “Strange Gods” Now in Polish! (UPDATED)

In the successive pages of this modern day City of God...Say whuuuuut? From a review of Strange Gods than left me a bit speechless, when I read it last week!A couple of days ago, I shared old news that my regular column at OSV had been honored with an award.And a friend said, "I … [Read More...]

king-obama

Obama and Francis: Authoritarianism is Bad, Until it’s Fine

So, I'm watching Obama single-handedly alter our relations with Cuba, and we're reading from Politico that the president is feeling liberated and ready to be the president he always wanted to be -- that is, a president who doesn't deal with Congress and pretty much does as he damn pleases.I used … [Read More...]

1984 book

3-Minutes Hate; Anti-Sex League; Doubleplusungood!

Golly I just took a look at Hot Air, and saw these two stories: University of Michigan Prof: It's OK to hate Republicans and Defining Nearly All Sex as Rape, a notion with which one of my own Senators seems enthralled:During an MSNBC-hosted panel discussion on Monday at the Fashion Institute of … [Read More...]

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...]

poo

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...]


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