December 15, 2019

It looks like Hallmark has finally been caught in the net of this age’s god. Twitter is steaming mad, flinging all their sugar cookies to the ground in a rage, that, after a group called One Million Moms protested, Hallmark actually pulled an ad featuring a lesbian wedding. It was deemed “too controversial,” which is a fascinating turn of events, because I’m pretty sure the whole thing is not that controversial anymore. Just as an aside—and because love is love,… Read more

December 13, 2019

Is it really Friday? One We celebrated St. Nicholas with a vengeance last week—shoes and chocolate and a party at church and everything—and today we are going to have a gander at St. Lucia’s day, something I’ve never managed to get to. It’s going to be epic, probably. But hand therapy comes first. Two The discouraging thing about my life is that I really can only do one thing at a time. So this year apparently we’re doing absolutely nothing… Read more

December 12, 2019

I’m over at Stand Firm Today. Enjoy! ***************************************************************************** I’ve just finished Douglas Murray’s The Madness of Crowds. It is so good that I’m turning round and picking The Strange Death of Europe as soon as my new credit comes due. All the usual—I don’t agree with everything he says—caveating aside (which, honestly, is so tedious, but, as he himself points out, has to be done in the new Social Media age because nobody bothers with things like context) this book is a restful oasis… Read more

December 11, 2019

In my twitter ramblings yesterday I landed on this interview in the Guardian. Another person I had never heard of, an author this time, has recently published a book—1000 pages which, some complain, is only made up of about 8 sentences. It is a stream of consciousness affair, and probably I won’t have time to read it. The bit of the interview that caught the attention of twitter is this unsurprising opinion: What worries me is the big divide I’ve… Read more

December 10, 2019

Tell me again how you feel… I was all set to talk about all the books I read this year, but then, as I was wandering around the internet in the early hours, trying to understand what is going on in France, I discovered this important information. Someone named Bella Hadid is turning the world upside down by wearing her watch backwards. The link is to Elle. Let’s go through some of it, shall we? Whether it’s Kendall Jenner’s back-to-front jeans or Cara… Read more

December 9, 2019

Here it is, another gray snowy Binghamton Monday. We rousted ourselves on Saturday to wonder about pragmatism and how the gospel works and doesn’t work. Also, you’ll be happy to know, I renewed my library books in time so that’s a relief. I did manage to read one or two things, though not many. All my energies have been devoted to trying to make it to my 60 book year end goal. I’m at 55 so basically the next three… Read more

December 8, 2019

This is what Anglican Failure looks like. It is basically Christmas, if you’re not in the way of observing Advent, which I barely am this year, having managed not even to lay my hand on Advent candles or anything.* Of course, I know this makes me a bad person. What with the internet to keep me amused, Amazon to deliver my presents, and children to clean my house, I barely have anything to do with myself. I might as well… Read more

December 6, 2019

My desk doesn’t look this this anymore. It’s piled with books and paper and empty cups and guilt. Today is St. Nicholas day and I trust you are appropriately celebrating. My children are all wandering around with shiny new pocket knives and buckets full of chocolate because I–I mean St. Nicholas–am insane. I need to go rustle up some protein so I must make this brief. Fortunately, I’ve done a lot of writing elsewhere, and so have a lot of… Read more

December 5, 2019

I’m over at Stand Firm today. Enjoy! ************************************************************************** Providence has been kind this week and brought into my way several ridiculous creeds and prayers written probably by committees of people who can’t remember why they’ve been lugging themselves into those old, crumbling…what are they called? Ah, “church” buildings all these years. Let’s begin with the most recent, shall we? Here is some sort of statement of, well, I dunno, is it belief? Or what? “We believe that God is present… Read more

December 4, 2019

This is so brilliant. Someone over at the Atlantic has finally had enough of the Cult of the Morning Routine. This one was my favorite, by her description: One notable adherent to this philosophy is Mark Wahlberg, the actor and father of four, whose morning routine went minorly viral last year. In an Instagram post, he claimed that he rises at 2:30 a.m., eats breakfast at 3:15 a.m., then works out for a couple of hours, including a golf outing… Read more

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