Blessed Pope John Paul II in the Batting Cage? Awesome!

Blessed JPII at Shea Stadium

For baseball fans, we’re still in the bleak of midwinter. But seeing this video is just what the doctor ordered to put a thaw on the freeze, and remind us that Spring Training is just around the corner (about one week after Lent begins).

While we wait, enjoy this footage of Blessed Pope John Paul II (is it really him? Dunno.) taking swings at an indoor batting cage during his 1987 visit to California. [Read more...]

I Just Lost My Geek Card. Amen.

Folks are leaving town for the holidays, and I am now on holiday as well. And what that means for a blogger like me is that there are two things that are certain. 1) I will probably have time to write a number of posts over the next few days, and 2) most of them will go unread. This is likely one of those times. [Read more...]

Another Trappist Beer Coming Soon to a Bar Near You?

Image credit: Mark Lampert

Maybe. You see, my wife alerted me to this story on NPR about needy Cistercian monks exporting beer to pay for building repairs. But she quickly followed it up with, “there’s none sold in Tennessee.”

Figures.  Teri Schultz shares the story. [Read more...]

Best.Beer.Commercial.Ever.

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Stella Artois with a passel of ice-skating priests. They send the novice on a beer run,

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Finally! A Third Order I May Be Interested in Joining…

Taste of heaven available in Gatlinburg.

It’s probably the only one that would have me. Now, do the beer making friars have a Third Order? :)

The War On Men…

You may not have noticed it, but it is horrific…

Image credit: the fine print at the bottom.

No access to free beer. What the hell are we thinking?!

Also, is it me, or is that Vladimir Putin? I can’t believe he didn’t manage to get his shirt off for this picture.

Stay thirsty, my friends.

 

Possibly the Brightest Chapter in the Obama Presidency: Beer Brewing in the White House

It doesn’t get much better than this… [Read more...]

What the Most Interesting Man In the World Says…

Amen. That is all (H/T Southern Fried Catholicism).

The Logical Vegetarian (A Few Words for Wednesday)

The Logical Vegetarian by G. K. Chesterton. This was published in Wine, Water, and Song just last week (er, 1915)…

“Why shouldn’t I have a purely vegetarian drink? Why shouldn’t I take vegetables in their highest form, so to speak? The modest vegetarians ought obviously to stick to wine or beer, plain vegetarian drinks, instead of filling their goblets with the blood of bulls and elephants, as all conventional meat-eaters do, I suppose.” — DALROY.

You will find me drinking rum,
Like a sailor in a slum,
You will find me drinking beer like a Bavarian.
You will find me drinking gin
In the lowest kind of inn,
Because I am a rigid Vegetarian. [Read more...]

Brides-to-Be and the Blindness of Vanity

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of the books Fooled By Randomness and The Black Swan, once said the following about fasting:

The reason fasting in its various forms is not practiced as the best medicine is because industry has not (yet) managed to make a profit from it. Try to generalize this very, very simple point to other substractive treatments and you will understand what we got ourselves into with modernity.

You’re about to be proved wrong, Taleb. [Read more...]


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