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    Indian Summer in the Neighborhood
    October 21, 2014

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    Tuesday
    H.I.F. Interesting: "Infographic": Half The World's Christians Live In These 11 Nations. USA, Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria, Congo, Ethiopia, Italy, Germany, Russia, Philippines, and China. Yes, China, which really surprised me. But then I read the other infographics and saw that China also houses 50% of the world's Buddhists, 73% of the world's adherents to folk religion, and 62% of the world's unaffiliated people. It also houses a large percentage of the world's adherents to other religions (primarily, Confucianism, Jainism, and Taoism, I assume). The fact that China is in the top 11 of countries with Christians is obviously a testament to its sheer demographic girth than Christianity's status there.

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    These are Killing Me
    October 20, 2014

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    Monday
    Miscellaneous Rambling Glorious Indian Summer! Temps got down to 28 here Sunday morning. Lows for the next ten days are in the upper thirties and forties; highs in the fifties and low sixties. I hope to walk and walk until my feet fall off. If this coming winter is like last winter, my walking is slated for a four-month hiatus. * * * * * * * Astute (and the not-so-astute) readers would have noticed a stupid error in last Friday's BYCU. It's been addressed by an addendum. * * * * * * * Are adults required to attend weekly classes in order to become Catholic? No, according to "ke," a "Catholic Answers Forum Elder." His answer rings with authority and I think he's right, but does anyone know who "ke" is? Does anybody have a better link, to something more authoritative than an online discussion forum? The conversion of a friend and good man might rest on it, so any help is greatly appreciated. Comments box or email link on the left. * * * * * * * Speaking of conversion, I recently dusted off a photocopy of one of the five books I had to read as part of a two-credit self-study course at Notre Dame Law School. It's a book called Truth in Christ by Charles Rice. He wrote it back in the early 1980s, as part of a Catholic course geared toward high school seniors who are (i) smart, and (ii) serious about Catholicism. I was stunned by how many of its points I had "internalized" and that still, to this day, pop up in discussions with my children. I emailed Professor Rice and asked him if he ever considered getting the book properly published (I remember he told me that he and a colleague had self-published the book). He told me that St. Augustine's Press had already done it. The current version is updated with teachings from JPII and BXVI. I highly, highly recommend this book: Where Did I Come From? Where Am I Going? How Do I Get There?: Straight Talk for Young Catholics. I, incidentally, loathe that title. It screams, "middle school" and "superficial." The book does, indeed, teach elements of the Catholic faith, but it's far from superficial or simple. At least the version I have isn't. I guess it's possible that the current version is dumbed down to the point that its content matches its title, but I doubt it. That wouldn't be Professor Rice's style. Nor St. Augustine Press'. * * * * * * * I've ordered a copy of it. We'll see. * * * * * * * Say what, throng of readers? What were the other four books a Notre Dame law professor prescribed for a struggling potential convert? Here they are: John Hardon's Pocket Catholic Catechism, Edward J. Murphy's Life to the Full, Karl Keating's Catholicism and Fundamentalism, and James Cardinal Gibbons' Faith of Our Fathers. All excellent books. The highly-conservative and orthodox priest who then directed my weekly sessions required me to read Life in Christ, which was fine as far as "textbooks" go, but I'd recommend the above five books over that one.

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    Related to Last Saturday’s . . .
    October 19, 2014
    . . . embedded tweet about the Monks of Norcia's beer. First found here.

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    Good Late Night
    October 18, 2014
    A gang member turned rabbi has been arrested in New York for impersonating a police officer. A gang member, a rabbi, and a police officer. He’s basically a one-man version of the Village People. Meyers President Obama is trying very hard to put people at ease about Ebola. Obama said he hugged and kissed some of the nurses in Atlanta who had treated the patients with Ebola. Man, Obama will do anything to get out of that job right now. Conan CBS will soon offer a paid subscription service. That means you can continue to watch CBS for free or you can pay for it. It's your call. Conan

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    Saturday
    Good squash season this year. If I can keep a few unripe ones from getting damaged in tonight's freeze, I could end up with 50 or more. Here are pics of many of the squash, plus a few gourds:

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    October 17, 2014

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    Friday
    BYCU A fun piece at Fox last week: 5 of the world's most dangerous cocktails. 1. The Hurl Hurl 2. The Zombie 3. The Vaportini 4. The Tequila Blue Blazer 5. Corpse Reviver #2 There is no reference to "Corpse Reviver #1," so I'm not sure what to think. I also wonder if the writer considered the juxtaposition between the title of the article ("deadly" cocktails) with number five ("corpse reviver"). It's either sloppy writing or clever. I'll add it to my list of things I'll never know. ADDENDUM: I realize now that the title is "dangerous," not "deadly." I was drinking while writing this. Perhaps I shouldn't drink while writing BYCUs, but then again . . .

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    Meyers
    October 16, 2014
    A new poll shows that only a slim majority of Americans think the country is prepared for an Ebola outbreak. But I think we deal with outbreaks pretty well. It only took us a couple of months to completely eradicate Gangnam Style.

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    Frustrating
    H.I.F. How many layers of "wrongness" can you count in these few passages from this story out of Oklahoma? I spot six: Lunch meat, a couple of crackers, a slice of cheese and two pieces of cauliflower qualified as lunch in Chickasha Public Schools Monday. Student Kaytlin Shelton took a photo of the skimpy lunch and showed it to her parents. “It makes me want to take that and take it to the Superintendent and tell him to eat it for lunch,” the girl tells Fox 25. “I can go pay a dollar for a Lunchable and get more food in it,” her father, Vince Holton, says. Shelton is pregnant and eating for two, complicating the problem.

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