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    Archive for April, 2008

    The Wednesday Eudemon

    Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

    “Sandwich days.” That’s what I call this time of year because my day is “sandwiched” by obligations. I have to get the kids to school at 7:30 a.m. then be some place in the late afternoon, leaving no time for anything except running. This week is an amazing whirl: Meg (7) soccer game at 5:30 [...]

    Tuesdays with the Eudemon

    Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

    Actually, I should call this post “Tuesdays with the Anti-Eudemon.” Not a lot of fun stuff out there today. Great piece over at City Journal about “creeping sharia.” Excerpt: [T]he Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1989 fatwa against Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie introduced a new kind of jihad. Instead of assaulting Western ships or buildings, Kho­meini took [...]

    Monday Miscellany

    Monday, April 28th, 2008

    I’ve long been fascinated with the question, “How ought one to spend his time?” It used to be a fascination born of bitterness: volunteer organizations would ask me spend time helping with X or Y, not realizing my schedule was so full with writing projects and family obligations that I had nearly no time in [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, April 27th, 2008

    Whoever wishes to carry the cross for his sake must take up the proper weapons for the contest, especially those mentioned here. First, diligence; second, distrust of self; third, confidence in God; fourth, remembrance of Passion; fifth, mindfulness of one’s own death; sixth, remembrance of God’s glory; seventh, the injunctions of Sacred Scripture following the [...]

    Saturday

    Saturday, April 26th, 2008

    For those somewhat new to TDE, you should be aware that I don’t “officially” blog on Saturday. I don’t know what I mean by “officially” (it’s not as if I produce high literature Monday through Friday). I guess it basically means I’ll toss up an item or two on Saturday morning, and I don’t much [...]

    Brews You Can Use

    Friday, April 25th, 2008

    Bring a bullet to bite: Eleven of the manliest cocktails in the world. Sample: Kentucky Tea: One mason jar halfway full of moonshine. Fill the jar with branch water. __________ You might have a drinking problem if . . . your 82-year-old Alzheimer’s patient died because you went on a liquor run. __________ No shocker [...]

    Thursday

    Thursday, April 24th, 2008

    Happy birthday to my dear, long-suffering, mother. She has lung problems, she has husband problems (the guy acts like me!). But she takes Stoic suffering to new heights, bolstered with a moderate amount of wine and a solid Christian faith. She’s a good Mom, though my wife (good-naturedly) insists I was spoiled and still am. [...]

    The Wednesday Eudemon

    Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

    Was this a hospital emergency room or a scene from Prison Inmates Gone Wild? Brian Persaud received eight stitches for a cut over his eyebrow, but denied hospital staffers’ request to exam his rectum, his lawyer Gary DeFilippo said. Doctors said the exam would help determine if there was spinal damage. In the suit Persaud [...]

    The Begging Eudemon

    Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

    Well, don’t blame me, but my wife asks me for very few favors. When she does ask, I feel compelled to grant. Parents from Holy Angels Catholic School are trying to raise enough money to re-open the school next year. I think they have a snowball’s shot in . . . the mid-cornices of Dante’s [...]

    Abbreviated Monday Moanin’

    Monday, April 21st, 2008

    Short Eudemon today. Things kind of exploded around here last night: Marie got tied up at a travel soccer game until 9:00; I undertook to open the pool for her as a surprise–and got caught up in a lot more (deck sweeping, clearing leaf sludge, etc.) than I anticipated; when Marie got home, Max (4) [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, April 20th, 2008

    “Without humility, there is no way of conquering anger.” St. John Climacus

    Saturday Stuff

    Saturday, April 19th, 2008

    Everyone needs a hobby: A Romanian man has been fined for making 6,442 profane phone calls to an emergency number. __________ Swim to the lip of Victoria Falls. Pretty amazing. Not for those with poor bladder control. __________ Leno: “Yesterday of course was Pope Benedict’s birthday. Happy birthday to him. They had a little party [...]

     


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