Just Bake The Cake! Just Deliver The Beer! What’s The Crucial Difference?

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You tell me, citizen.

See, a friend of mine posted a story up on his Facebook wall. Something about a trucking company getting sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The firm was having trouble getting a few employees to haul loads of beer. The truck drivers in question were Muslims who apparently believed that hauling beer to market was a material cooperation with evil. [Read more…]

3 Weird Things I’m Doing On Top Of My (Secret) Lenten Penance This Year

*Sigh* It’s going to be a long Lent.

It’s the Lenten season, and each of us will make a personal sacrifice of some sort. I’m not divulging what I am seriously sacrificing this time around. Maybe I’ll disclose it later, perhaps even years from now if I’m still hammering away on a keyboard.

After seven years, I’m still learning my way through Lent. I’ll probably still be learning right up until I’m receiving Last Rites, though we don’t call it that anymore. [Read more…]

So My Wife Told Me About A Beer Sale I Might Be Interested In…

Over at Cost Plus World Market. And she was right.

In fact, I even got a cart, see? [Read more…]

Behold! The First Trappist Abbey Ale Brewed In America

Oh boy!

A friend of mine sent me the good news.

After years in planning, the USA finally has a Trappist beer. It’s official. [Read more…]

Another Reason To Thank Catholic Monks: Great Beer!

My favorite kind!

 

I’m not saying they invented beer. But the beers we enjoy today are a lot better because of the work they did to support themselves, and evangelize. Evangelize? [Read more…]

One Question to Pope Francis Went Unasked, and Unanswered.

Sigh. Maybe next time.

Now that you’re here, you might be interested in Fr. James Martin’s take on Pope Francis’s interview.  [Read more…]

Remember the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree? True Story.

First fruits of 2012

Our fig tree has a bumper crop in  store for us this year. The first fruits of the harvest are in and they are very tasty. It’s time to buy some prosciutto and blue cheese, make more jam, etc. While I look forward to that, here is the post from last year (7/23/2012) about my fig tree and the parable whose story it closely resembles.

Remember the parable of the barren fig tree? Honestly, I’ve lived it. [Read more…]

Now That We Can Cut A Record On A Beer Bottle…

we need to fully fund our deep exploration space programs again. Here’s why. [Read more…]

The New Pope Will Be Selected When the Conclave Runs Out of Beer

Black smoke means “No Pope (we still have beer).” White smoke means, “We’re outta beer! Habemus Papem!”

Okay, that’s stretching things a bit. However, the cardinals have been blessed with a supply of good beer during the conclave, courtesy of the Monks of Norcia, from San Benedetto, Italy. [Read more…]

Making the Connection Between the Pill and Water Pollution

Ingesting things with names like this? No thanks!
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So what does a playwright, TV writer, and author know about water pollution and heightened levels of estrogen in our drinking water? I’m glad you asked. Way back in 2009 (practically the Stone Age), Susan Kim opined on her Huffington Post blog that,

Obviously, much of this pollution occurs as a result of routine manufacturing and commercial farming. Yet we can’t ignore the fact that another potent source of estrogen pollution in our water comes from our love of the Pill – [Read more…]