This Friday’s column on why the Haute Sphere is an epic fail…

"When the likeness of Christ is removed and replaced with some abstract thing, the artist has removed the concrete visual reminder that God so loved us he humbly manifested as man for our salvation. Gone is an entire half of His duel nature. Christ was fully human and fully divine. Not fully 24-karat gold sphere and fully divine."Haute Sphere" is an epic fail, except in one respect: by rendering the birth of Our Lord in a manner so arcane and indistinguishable, the artist has given powerful … [Read more...]

Ad Gaudia, ad Jubila

... Charlotte Chamber Music has a First Tuesday concert every month. This is a free event and a chance to enjoy some splendid music performed by the areas most talented musicians. This particular piece is from the December 6th concert at First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC. If you can, I strongly recommend stopping by one evening. I've never been disappointed. … [Read more...]

defining boys and the fallacy of “gender equality”…

... The sociology, not to mention the politics, behind "gender equality" can be an incredibly complex subject matter. In fact, there are entire courses devoted to it's study in college. You can even get on of those oh-so-useful degrees in Gender Studies then Occupy something in protest of being unemployable due to your own poor academic choices.Now imagine taking this subject and trying to teach it to children, say eight years old like my son. Of course, due to it's complexities, 'gender … [Read more...]

on this day…

... Some exciting news for the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Simcha Fisher had her baby this morning, little Benedicta Maribel. Also, seminarian Michael Duffy is being ordained a deacon.Deo gratias. … [Read more...]

thirsty Thursday, eggnog edition…

... truly, the season is marked with the appearance of Pennsylvania Dutch Eggnog, made by Dairyland Distillers Co. Short of making your own or buying a commercial brand and spiking the hell out of it, Pennsylvania Dutch is by far the best manufactured brand I've ever tasted - and I've tried them all.I'm anticipating Catholic Drinkies post on holiday spirits. Until then I guess we'll have to amuse ourselves with eggnog recipes and favorite holiday brews, wines and cocktails.I'll go … [Read more...]

as a little girl I wanted to be just like Indiana Jones when I grew up but my college professor killed those dreams when he wouldn’t let me bring my whip to class…

Now I live vicariously through other people whose teachers obviously had no objections to whips.Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project believes they found the site of Sodom and Gomorrah. It's a quite fascinating the work they've completed thus far. Interestingly, on their site that make no assumptions about what happened to the inhabitants of this ancient city; however, John Bergsma attended a session discussing the dig and writes about it here - the elephant in the room. "The cities at the … [Read more...]

the Happy Catholic comes to Patheos…

... Well, at least her bookshelf does. As a fellow bibliophile, I am thrilled to see the majority of her reviews, recommendations, and podcasts find a home here, in one convenient location. Welcome, Julie.And now here are some awesome people reading. … [Read more...]

hump day humor…

Hat Tip to my dear friendMrs. Digital Hairshirt, who so lovingly invited all the crazies to her blog. So if leaving incoherent comments full of profanities is how you prefer to spend a great deal of time, then stop on over. She loves all God's creatures. Even the medicated ones. … [Read more...]

complete girly blather…

... Having just spent the last 4 hours working on this Friday's column, I need a mental palette cleanser from all that thinking. I've found the best remedy for cerebral over stimulation is a little girly blather. Gentlemen, please avert your eyes.The Irish accent was just voted the dead sexiest. And now here is a picture of Colin Farrell intensely staring.H/T: Elizabeth Scalia. … [Read more...]