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    Archive for June, 2008

    Monday Moanin’

    Monday, June 30th, 2008

    I want to revisit the birding issue. Looking back at my post, it was too harsh. Someone once told me, “Don’t question another person’s hobbies.” It’s good advice. Birding is no more inane than any other hobby. Heck, it’s arguably no more inane than blogging. Because I think blogging is a type of literary pursuit, [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, June 29th, 2008

    No quote this morning. Rather, a question: How can a person follow the saints and accept each moment–each situation, each job–peacefully, without becoming a rag doll of circumstances?

    Birding

    Saturday, June 28th, 2008

    I got a head start on Purgatory yesterday. For a variety of reasons, I had to go birding with my father-in-law, son Jack (12), a nephew, and two nieces. It was brutal. I had to get up at 5:00 to pick up everybody at 5:30. We then drove 30 minutes for a McDonald’s breakfast (“Hey, [...]

    Friday

    Friday, June 27th, 2008

    If you haven’t figured it out, I’m on vacation this week. It’s my family’s annual trip to Houghton Lake with my wife’s family: 40 in-laws for seven days. I actually enjoy it (click here for article that marked my softening stance toward the annual event; previous links about Houghton Lake: 1, 2), though I probably [...]

    Thursday Top Ten

    Thursday, June 26th, 2008

    You might be lethargic if: 10. Kneeling and standing during church cause you to break a sweat. 9. You break a sweat taking a shower. 8. You have nightmares about losing your TV remote. 7. You’ve tried to scam a handicap license plate. 6. You think Internet surfing is a sport. 5. You go to [...]

    Wednesday Top Ten

    Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

    During my term as editor of Gilbert Magazine, a wise man passed this along to me: You’re not a writer if 10. You don’t really believe that good writing is re-writing. 9. You’ve never spent over fifteen minutes trying find one single best word. 8. You’ve never written a first draft of which not one [...]

    Feast Day of St. John the Baptist

    Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

    St. John the Baptist is “the only saint whose day of birth is celebrated; we celebrate the birth of John and that of Christ.” St. Augustine, quote in Francis Fernandez’s In Conversation with God

    Tuesday Top Ten

    Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

    Top Ten List: You might have a book obsession if: 10. You’ll never be able to finish all the books you’ve started. 9. You’re kinda surprised there’s not a medical term to describe a disordered erotic attraction to books. 8. You don’t think the word “disordered” was unnecessary in the previous sentence. 7. You’ve ever [...]

    Monday Moanin’

    Monday, June 23rd, 2008

    Chicago is under siege. By blackbirds. “Nesting season is in full swing for the red-winged blackbird, making the males extremely aggressive. Walk or bike too close to one’s nest and expect to hear its high, menacing squawk overhead. Then comes the peck-peck-peck on your head, victims say, or claws rustling your hair.” I can sympathize. [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

    “Give me thy grace, good Lord, to set the world at naught . . . to have my mind well united to you; to not depend on the changing opinion of others . . . so that I may think joyfully of God and tenderly implore his help.” St. Thomas More (whose Memorial it is [...]

    Saturday

    Saturday, June 21st, 2008

    An atheist defends religion as a bulwark of freedom. The article is a little awkward to read and it doesn’t break new ground, but it’s refreshing to see an atheist making the arguments. Excerpt: [W]hich institutions did [Lenin and Stalin] single out for opprobrium? There can be only one answer: primarily, religion, and, secondarily, the [...]

    Brews You Can Use

    Friday, June 20th, 2008

    Summer time is here and so is the beer. I look forward to hoisting a host these next couple of days. The weather forecast is sunny and so are my expectations. Of course, saying such a thing is a good way to get rain, but that’s okay. There’s always beer. And just in time for [...]

     


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