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    Archive for July, 2009

    Brews You Can Use

    Friday, July 31st, 2009

    Tribute to the Fallen Sometimes, bloggers go out of the way to do something great. That’s what this guy did: Twenty beers we can no longer drink. The prose isn’t great, but the sentiment is and so are the pictures. I had quite a few of these beers in my can collection as a kid. [...]

    Spotted Online

    Thursday, July 30th, 2009

    Nickel and Dime Me I’ve been buying coins off-and-on for the past ten years. About eight months ago, I started buying a lot of silver coins. I typically pay about .99 to $1.49 over a coin’s melt value (its value as bullion, straight silver, gold, or copper). Coins cost more than their raw metal or [...]

    Wednesday Miscellany

    Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

    Twitter Tide turning against the Fed? Let’s hope: “[A] new Gallup poll shows that Americans are turning against the Federal Reserve, with just 30 per cent saying the agency is doing a good job. 35 per cent rate the job the Fed is doing as ‘only fair’ and 22 per cent say it is doing [...]

    From the Notebooks

    Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

    I started to write a book a few years ago. The working title: That Politically Incorrect Institution. It was supposed to be a pithy look at Church history and its ways of regularly defying political pigeon-holes. I never finished it, but I cranked out a decent introduction, a first chapter rough draft, and some good [...]

    Monday Musings

    Monday, July 27th, 2009

    Boys Will be Boys? My son has little interest serving at Mass anymore . He’s just turned 13 and wants to be a priest, but whereas he used to love to serve, now he does so reluctantly and only out of duty. I figured it was an age thing: the teeny-bopper’s sense of cool (even [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, July 26th, 2009

    “We can find a broad field for living mortification in our daily work–not putting people down, working with intensity, carrying out our tasks with a spirit of service.” Francis Fernandez

    Econ Saturday

    Saturday, July 25th, 2009

    Did We Actually Dodge a Bullet? It’s premature to rejoice, but I think something good happened in Washington. It’s the first time in 15 years. Obama’s takeover of the health care industry is on hold, and I’m stunned. Has our country’s slide into socialism been put on hold, too? Are we actually going to re-think [...]

    BYCU

    Friday, July 24th, 2009

    Redneck Stuff I thought I’d heard every redneck joke under the sun, then last week while I was in Alaska, a friend sent a batch of new ones. Since some of them revolve around drinking, and I’m busier than a Kennedy in a cat house, I’m taking the lazy road today and cutting-and-pasting the lot. [...]

    Kindness and Twitter

    Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

    Kind Me One of the neatest online articles I’ve read all year: Good Times: What’s the use in being kind? A host of benefits, it turns out. I read two highly-interesting asides (“There’s an entire blog devoted to former readers of Jezebel.com who were shouted off the comments for not maintaining their very particular brand [...]

    The Little Arts

    Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

    Talk is Not Cheap Ludwig van Beethoven once explained to Johann Goethe that the artist is a great man deserves reverence. To illustrate his point, and to Goethe’s flabbergasted astonishment, Beethoven crossed his arms and rudely walked through a group of gathered nobility. Beethoven’s impolite walk mirrored his stride through life. He saw himself as [...]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

    But We’re Still Well Below a Quadrillion Greenbacks will be worth less than toilet paper: “The federal government has devoted $4.7 trillion to help the financial sector through its crisis, a watchdog report said Monday. Under the worst of circumstances, the report said, the government’s maximum exposure could total nearly $24 trillion, or $80,000 for [...]

    The Return Eudemon

    Monday, July 20th, 2009

    North to Alaska I’m not a well-traveled man. I’ve never been to any continent besides North America, and when I turned 42, I hadn’t even traveled to the western United States (a trip to Minneapolis for a Chesterton Conference and across the bridge in Memphis to say “I’ve crossed the Mississippi” were my western limits). [...]

     


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