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    Archive for November, 2008

    Something Different for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, November 30th, 2008

    Me to Michael (ten years old) this morning: “You know what’s bad about the Lions playing on Thanksgiving?” Michael: “What?” Me: “They don’t play today.” Michael: “At least we got it over with.”

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, November 30th, 2008

    “When Christmas arrives, Our Lord should find us with everything in order and our soul fit to receive Him, just as He ought to find us in our final encounter with Him. We have to make what adjustment is required to correct the course of our lives and turn ourselves to God who also comes [...]

    Econ Saturday

    Saturday, November 29th, 2008

    Lead, follow, or get out of the way: A Wal-Mart worker died early Friday after an “out-of-control” mob of frenzied shoppers smashed through the Long Island store’s front doors and trampled him, police said. Hey man, we’re in a recession and heading for a depression and they have Samsung 50″ plasmas for $798. Gotsa get [...]

    From the Notebooks

    Friday, November 28th, 2008

    I believe people enjoy a certain measure of doubt or incertitude. This would make sense. As limited human beings, we simply cannot understand everything so it follows that we might enjoy reading things that we don’t fully apprehend. Put another way, we are “hard wired” for uncertainty, so we enjoy things that don’t give us [...]

    One Thing

    Thursday, November 27th, 2008

    I hear Mike and Mike in the Morning (ESPN radio talk show hosts) want the Thanksgiving Day game pulled from Detroit. I had always liked Mike and Mike, but, if you’ll excuse me, they’re bastards. Their argument: The Lions are so bad, they should be penalized and be forced to relinquish the Thanksgiving Day game. [...]

    Thanksgiving Day

    Thursday, November 27th, 2008

    It’s been a good year. I can’t deny that I’m concerned about the economic future, but for now, everything is good, and that’s enough for me. The past is gone and the future is always a land of hazy variables. The present–this moment, the Now, the holy present–is the only thing we can control. And [...]

    Brews You Can Use: Special Black Wednesday Edition

    Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

    Ah, the best time of the year: A four-day weekend yawns in front of America, as do an assortment of drinks. This college student tries to assess why people drink so much on Thanksgiving Eve. The writer totally misses the reason and is rather vulgar, but there’s some funny stuff in there. Why is tonight [...]

    Tuesday Miscellany

    Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

    The holidays approach. Not much time for blogging, and not much bloggable information out there. Personal responsibility took another step back: Canada ruled that fat people must get a free extra plane ticket and Citibank got more money. I can live with the fat person decision, but I’m not sure I can live with the [...]

    From the Highlighter: A Twisted Man, but Smart. Part II

    Monday, November 24th, 2008

    D. H. Lawrence, Studies in Classic American Literature. My version: Penguin, 1977. I earlier introduced this book and presented a handful of passages. This post merely presents a spate of other passages that merited highlighting. “There is such a thing as evil belief: a belief that one cannot do wrong.” p. 109.Which is, of course, [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

    “Every sin, if persisted in, will become heinous.” Samuel Johnson

    Econ Saturday

    Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

    I don’t have much economic stuff today, but for Chestertonians out there who have never trusted big business and big government (“Hudge and Gudge”; giants that work together to smack the rest of us around), check out this piece. It smacks of the “conspiracy” theme that dooms every inquiry into nefarious potential at the highest [...]

    Brews You Can Use

    Friday, November 21st, 2008

    My office is uprooting to prepare for new carpeting and my house is going to have 20 overnight guests this weekend, plus another ten or so guests Saturday evening (my oldest is getting confirmed). I don’t have much time for blogging, but I found this great feature article from The New Yorker about extreme brewing. [...]

     


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