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    Archive for July, 2007

    A Jesuit Celebration

    Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

    Some of you may have guessed that my computer access is limited this week (the different style of posts is your hint), but I wanted to take a moment and pass along this email from a reader: July 31st is the feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus – a.k.a. [...]

    The Disco Scene?

    Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

    I couldn’t help it. When I read this passage from The New Book of Lists, I immediately thought of the vertical foreplay in American discos circa 1978: Hippos have their own form of aromatherapy. They attract mates by marking territory, urinating and defecating at the same time. Then, an enamored hippo will twirl its tail [...]

    Monday Thought

    Monday, July 30th, 2007

    There is an invisible and subtle aspect of existence. It’s the arena where morality is spawned, virtue cultivated, and the essence of things seen. It’s not susceptible to scientific proof, logic, or even common sense. Some might call it “spiritual,” and that is partly appropriate for it is spiritual, but that’s too vague. It might [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, July 29th, 2007

    “God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.” St. Augustine

    Military Economics

    Saturday, July 28th, 2007

    In 1944, American GI’s complained about the high prices charged by French prostitutes. In an official brochure issued by the U.S. Army, 112 Gripes about the French, the Army responded: “the prices are the result of supply and demand. The prices in question are in direct relationship to the virtue of French women, and in [...]

    Friday

    Friday, July 27th, 2007

    Not sure I see the big deal: “Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die . . .”. If you put me in a Kennedy mansion, I’d have an uncanny knack for predicting when one of them is going to get drunk. __________ Jimmy [...]

    Light Eudemon

    Thursday, July 26th, 2007

    Late meeting last night, no blogging today. I did, however, run across this interesting article about England’s unkind review of its favorite sons, the Beatles, back in 1967. “Have we nothing better to offer? Surely this isn’t the image of what we are like. What a dreadful impression they must have given the rest of [...]

    The Wednesday Eudemon

    Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

    I know nothing about this, and I’m painfully aware that I might be furthering some sort of hoax, a scam, or (horror of horrors) stupidity, but I feel compelled to at least mention it:”Pro-Life Breakthrough.” I offer the link “as is.” __________ England’s foray into 24-hour drinking establishments apparently isn’t going well. The law, which [...]

    Tuesday Miscellany

    Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

    I got excited, then quickly dejected: Family-friendly sports cars. Finally, a cool-looking vehicle for my seven children and wife. No such luck. They all max out at two children. Obvious case of discrimination, but I’m not sure familysizism is prohibited by the 1964 Civil Rights Act. __________ Well, he’s better-looking than Rosie: “Genial comic Drew [...]

    Monday Inanity

    Monday, July 23rd, 2007

    The Armaggedon of Inanity is upon us: Rock Paper Scissors has become a competitive sport, likeTexas Hold ‘Em Tournaments, Text-Messaging Championships, and Speed Toilet Wiping (it’s coming, I’m sure). People, like this writer, are taking it seriously. Excerpts: [A]ccording to Douglas and Graham Walker, authors of The Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide (Fireside, 2004), [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

    “Riches are not forbidden, but the pride of them is.” St. John Chrysostom

    The Weekend Eudemon

    Saturday, July 21st, 2007

    Baseball last night, baseball today, maybe baseball tomorrow. The good thing is, the games are being held in a heavily-Catholic town just twelve miles down the road that is also holding its annual Polish festival. I’ll probably be able to sneak in a confession and six cheese perogies. They’ll roll me out of there fat [...]

     


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