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    Archive for August, 2008

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, August 31st, 2008

    “Love is the measure by which we shall be judged.” St. John of the Cross

    Saturday

    Saturday, August 30th, 2008

    I’m pretty sure this one was taken at Augusta during the Martha Burke protests at the Master’s a few years ago:

    Brews You Can Use

    Friday, August 29th, 2008

    A Mexican business owner’s association has objected to the marketing of a beer named after a legendary outlaw known as the “patron saint” of drug traffickers. The Los Mochis Area Business Owners’ Association blasted the Minerva Brewery in Guadalajara, Mexico, for naming Malverde Beer after Jesus Malverde, a legendary figure from the late 1800s and [...]

    Another Chapter from Beer Man

    Friday, August 29th, 2008

    Roy was sitting on the front porch, reading books by some obscure writers from early twentieth century England. Laughing and making notes in the margins. Patrick was tending to the little garden that occupied the entire side yard. It was Saturday, and both were feeling splendid. The newspaper boy rode up the driveway and gave [...]

    Lincoln Steffens, I Think

    Thursday, August 28th, 2008

    I’ve seen the future and it works. Pictures of Russia in that future.

    Wednesday Light

    Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

    Leno on the DNC: “At the Democratic Convention in Denver, both Bill and Hillary Clinton will be speaking . . . not to each other, of course . . .” Letterman: “Joe Biden is Barack Obama’s running mate. Nothing says change like a guy who’s been in the Senate for 35 years.” O’Brien: “This week, [...]

    Stoic Tuesday

    Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

    Beautiful: Parts of a giant, exquisitely-carved marble sculpture depicting the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius have been found at an archaeological site in Turkey. I wrote the Christian’s Stoic Handbook, but couldn’t find any publishers. In it, I wrote about Aurelius: It has been said that the last of the great Stoics, the good and virtuous [...]

    Bad Writing Monday

    Monday, August 25th, 2008

    China wins: 223-220. We finished just two dropped batons behind. __________ One of the most knowledgeable writers I’ve ever met sent the following story from The Associated Press. Boys and girls, study close the italicized phrases as great examples of what to avoid (“Hey, Scheske, we get enough such lessons reading TDE!”): Tropical Storm Fay’s [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, August 24th, 2008

    “Love in practice is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams.” Dostoyevsky

    The Weekend Eudemon

    Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

    Two days left: China 205, USA 201. We’re playing for gold in water polo and male/female basketball and volleyball, plus I’m optimistic they can hold onto the baton in the 400-meter relay. China will win gold in ping pong. Of course, there are lots of other medals coming out these two days, and I have [...]

    Brews You Can Use

    Friday, August 22nd, 2008

    Alka-Seltzer has a (new?) product that is designed to combat hangovers: Wake-Up Call. It’s a combination of aspirin and caffeine. I rarely have hangover problems any more, but I might keep some on hand if I find it on sale. They’re apparently targeting the heavy drinking market. I like this warning: “Do not use for [...]

    Olympic Thursday

    Thursday, August 21st, 2008

    Far out: May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh won their second consecutive gold medal in beach volleyball Thursday, playing through a steady and sometimes driving rain to beat China in straight sets and extend their winning streak to 108 matches in a row. I’m not a big women’s sports fan, but I’ve enjoyed watching the beach volleyball [...]

     


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