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    Archive for December, 2008

    Happy New Year

    Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

    I celebrate the New Year in my regular fashion: Meet at the drinking club with friends and family at 2:30 to watch bowl games and drink beer. Afterward, I go home and meet the glare of my wife, who’s been racked with eleven children (my seven and my brother’s four) all afternoon and now has [...]

    Tuesday Miscellany

    Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

    Alright, I’ll vomit now: “The French perfumer Etat Libre d’Orange introduced a product this year called Sécrétions Magnifiques that’s supposed to smell like a mix of blood, sweat and semen,” Herz said. “And the fashion designer Tom Ford has a cologne called Black Orchid that he’s said he intended to smell like a man’s crotch.” [...]

    0-16 Monday

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    Well, my Lions did it: 0-16. Unbelievable. The league is set up for parity, but the Lions have managed to be head-and-shoulders worse than anyone else in history (we can debate whether the 0-14 Buccaneers were worst, but surely we have better things to do . . . don’t we?) But better times are coming. [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, December 28th, 2008

    “If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times.” St. Augustine (Note: I saw this on the Internet; I haven’t verified it.)

    Post-25th Miscellany

    Saturday, December 27th, 2008

    People sometimes ask, “What’s it like to prepare Christmas for seven children?” My response: Ask my wife. I just have to pay for it all, which is a huge task of course, but it’s spread over the course of twelve months, whereas my wife’s efforts are concentrated into about five weeks. But I have a [...]

    Brews You Can Use

    Friday, December 26th, 2008

    Light holiday blogging continues. Just this post from Tim J: I don’t want to catch anybody not drinking. A little Belloc exhortation on the evils of abstaining. “For who can be properly nourished, if indeed he be of human stock, without wine? St. Paul said to someone who had consulted him (without remembering that, unlike [...]

    Christmas Eve

    Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

    “For while all things were in quiet silence and the night was in the midst of her course, thy almighty word leapt down from heaven from thy royal throne.” Book of Wisdom. “[This] passage, brimming with the mystery of the Incarnation, is wonderfully expressive of the infinite stillness that hovered over Christ’s birth. For the [...]

    Something for the Eve of Christmas Eve

    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

    Advent is a penitential season. It doesn’t get nearly the respect Lent does in this regard, but I try to do something. This year, I resolved to read all the daily entries in Francis Fernandez’ meditation series, In Conversation with God. It didn’t go well. The book is great, but I’m not. Between sickness and [...]

    Odd Sunday

    Monday, December 22nd, 2008

    A handful of unusual small things occurred Sunday. First, the temperature dropped to -8. I’m not sure I’ve seen the thermometer that low my entire adult life. Wind chill was at least -25 (it was -20 in the afternoon, when the temperature was 0). Of course, it’s not as cold as this place (where people [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, December 21st, 2008

    If you have a God you understand, you have erected an idol. Benedict Groeschel, 12/13/2008 Podcast from Sunday Night Live (not a precise quote, but I got it very close).

    Econ Saturday

    Saturday, December 20th, 2008

    Today’s economic post is a simple thank you: Thanks to everyone who has been purchasing from my Amazon link. Scores of purchases have been logged in after people accessed Amazon from TDE, including a purchase of a camcorder and Quick Books software. I’ve earned over $65 in Amazon credits this month. In the grand scheme, [...]

    Friday

    Friday, December 19th, 2008

    Yes, I realize posting has been a bit lazy this week. I’ve been struggling with a cold/virus/bug/demon for almost six weeks now and this week it tipped me: ongoing fatigue reinforced by a new non-stop cough laid me out, plus I was met with deluge of bad events at the office. I was lucky to [...]

     


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