Happy Thanksgluttony…

...It's that time of year when hell freezes over, commonly referred to around the US as Thanksgiving. It's the one instance where I annually fire up the stove, assuming it still works, and attempt the domestic chore of cooking. It's a fantastic undertaking, a wonder to behold, preparing the two culinary classics that are to be my contribution to the larger holiday feast; deviled eggs and banana pudding. I should start a cooking show to feature my cooking prowess.Like any good Catholic … [Read more...]

The Closet’s All Mine, a review…

... Single life can be frustrating, especially during this time of year with the holidays fast approaching. Going solo to parties and family gatherings calls attention to this fact. That was why I timed my give-away of Dorothy Cumming's book, The Closet's All Mine, to coincide with the looming holiday season.Mrs. Cumming's, better known as the Seraphic Single or Auntie Seraphic, has been blogging and writing about her life as a single Catholic woman for quite a few years. She is now married … [Read more...]

it just doesn’t have the same ring to it…

... when ever I hear the phrase "May the Force be with you", the most natural response is "and also with you".The new mass translations ruined all my fun. … [Read more...]

Friday Fishing…

Returning with an old favorite weekly feature, Friday Fishing, is this video of the Solemn Profession of Dominican Nuns, Sr. Yolanda Del Nino Jesus and Sr. Victoria de Nuestra a Senora del Rosario of the Monasterio de Santa Catalina de Sena in Cusco, Peru. Thank you, M. Snow, for sending me the beautiful video.Friday Fishing is a weekly feature promoting the religious life through imagery and video. Each week I feature a particular religious community and provide information about the order … [Read more...]

Fine Art Friday…

Alfred Stevens, The Letter; oil on canvas … [Read more...]

St. Lawrence Basilica…

... The kook-buggery of Asheville aside, it does have the beautiful St. Lawrence Basilica. The entire structure is over a hundred years old, held together entirely with tile and mortar, and has the largest free standing elliptical dome in North America. The architect, Rafael Guastavino [who's also entombed here], designed the Basilica after his childhood parish in Spain. Guastavino's tile work can also be found in Union Station, Grand Central Station, and in the birdge market under Queensboro … [Read more...]

In case you ever wanted to go to Asheville NC, don’t! Unless you enjoy a day at the circus. In that case, it’s cheaper than flying to Berkeley…

... But don't take my word. I got photographic evidence.Photos by Digital Hairshirt, from our weekend adventures. Occupy Asheville and Occupy Charlotte coming soon. … [Read more...]

little know fact …

Canadian Geese are everywhere in Charlotte, but apparently their natural habitat is wandering aimlessly through traffic and loitering at intersections, smugly daring motorists to hit them. Canadian Geese don't care. Canadian Geese don't give a shit. Photo: Digital Hairshirt. *Warning: she swears more than I do.* … [Read more...]

feminine blogs…

... There are a handful of female bloggers whose writings and areas of interest make me want to learn to sew, drink proper tea, and wear hats. These are intelligent women who wear their smarts with an air of femininity and graceful decorum that makes me wish I had taken home economics in high school and etiquette lessons.In short, their blogs promote the dignity of womanhood... and make me feel pretty.And Personally, I am tired of hearing about how pathetically unmanly men have … [Read more...]