Opus and Breathed take the pulse of the base

And ain't it the truth. … [Read more...]

Should dead guys be counted as partisan? – UPDATED

I dunno, maybe I'm just reading this wrong, but I looked at this very interesting study done by the WaPo, and I'm thinking...isn't Rep. Norwood dead? How can he be the most partisan guy in congress, if he's dead?He died in February of '07. I suppose some will say since he was a member of this congress for a few weeks, he should be included. Well...okay. But it still seems to me that even if that's the case, Mrs. Pelosi, who both lives and serves, should perhaps have had primacy in that … [Read more...]

Sorry for the silence…

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...]

Perciatelli Bucatini Amatriciana

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 cheeseThrow the sliced onions into a skillet … [Read more...]

Clinton Global Initiative’s thuggish member

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 Council on … [Read more...]

2 different Poor Clares, 1 Chaplain, one mighty love

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 it is not … [Read more...]

The sun goes solar minimal

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. Floods and heat waves happen. So do cooler periods. It's … [Read more...]

Dave Gorman and Men of Goodwill

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 a Gorman, David.I did not know, however, that there was specifically a brilliant British gent going by … [Read more...]

There is nothing new about the news…

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 truly warranted it.They never did. While my family and … [Read more...]

Leaving you with some Johnny Cash and an Organist

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 behind politics, blogging, the sniping that goes along with it, etc, etc, … [Read more...]

Guestposting by Meyer: Our Mr. Brooks

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. BrooksThis week I saw Mr. Brooks with Kevin Costner and William Hurt. It’s a polluted little movie that put questions into my muddy stream of consciousness that I have yet b … [Read more...]

And…Bloom where you are planted

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 LifeIf you are what you should be, you … [Read more...]

Yes, prayer works; Clarity and Healing

Thank you. From my email know many of you - perhaps hundreds, perhaps thousands - whispered up generous and heartfelt prayers regarding this situation.Yesterday was a tough, frightening, emotionally and spiritually exhausting day...as with many things, the situation had to get worse before it could get better. Things skated upon a hoary edge...at one point I remember thinking, "Lord, I thought I asked you to stand between these two so that wouldn't happen!" Then I realized...sometimes a … [Read more...]

A family in crisis and in need of prayers

Sorry it's been so quiet over here. Aside from just spending 7 hours in the ER with my best friend, all of our time has been taken up dealing with a family (no, not ours) who are struggling with many issues, including mental health, and the children within the family who are being mentally and emotionally abused. One of them has been essentially not permitted out of the bedroom since Saturday for - believe me - an "infraction" so minor a normal parent would barely notice it (and no, the … [Read more...]