Catholic Arts and Letters Weekly The quiet Catholic convert and scholar Gerard Casey reviews the case for conservative libertarians. Required reading for everyone who clings to the worn-out idea that libertarians are godless antinomians. . . . more>> Gadgets zapping your brain power? You might need to go on a digital diet. . . . [...]
Archive for May, 2011
Happy Memorial Day. I expect a dearth of traffic today, consistent with past holiday experiences. I expect the traffic to be especially light, since the country is drying out for the first time in a week. We’re expecting mostly sunny skies and our first 90-degree day. I’m not a fan of hot weather, but after [...]
“You cannot learn humility from books; you learn it by accepting humiliations. Humiliations are not meant to torture us; they are gifts from God. These little humiliations–if we accept them with joy–will help us to be holy, to have a meek and humble heart like Jesus.” Mother Teresa
Creative Destruction Seen at Cafe Hayek: “Not long ago people complained that Borders and Barnes & Noble were causing independent book retailers to shut their doors. Now Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. is warning that the iPad and other e-book readers are hurting Borders and Barnes & Noble.‘” Joseph Schumpeter called it “creative destruction.” The economy [...]
Not Just for Pancakes George Washington had his own beer recipe. It actually sounds a little scary: bran hops, yeast and molasses. Molasses? I guess I haven’t lived enough. I’d never heard of molasses as a beer ingredient. According to Homebrew.com, it’s a common ingredient in “small beer” (which is how they have labeled GW’s [...]
Freaky May This wild May has blown me away. Not literally, thank goodness, but figuratively. I actually watched the Weather Channel this week for more than “Your Local Forecast.” I don’t remember a May with a mix of snow, 85-degree days, storm-after-storm, and a string of tornadoes. But is such weather rare? Cafe Hayek ran [...]
Brutal kid commitment days. Today, just a few pics from my garden.
My son has his final day of high school today. Sad, but life plods on.
Catholic Arts and Letters Weekly Chesterton sighting, and it’s a big one: Ian Kerr has written a new monster GKC biography. And the Telegraph reviews it. Unfortunately, the Telegraph pretty much pans it. . . . more>> Do bloggers need imprimaturs? If so, people are taking bloggers too seriously. Maybe it’s not a bad thing. [...]
Twisted Days Sacrilege! On a Sunday no less. I attended my daughter’s Spring choir concert yesterday. We first had to sit through the middle school choirs. One of them sang Three Dog Night’s Joy to the World, which contains this great lyric: “I never understood a single word he said/But I helped him a-drink his [...]
Let us not think that in another place, in another situation we would be ready to follow Our Lord more closely . . . The fruits of sanctity Our Lord expects are those produced in and from the environment in which we find ourselves, here and now: tiredness, sickness, family, the job . . . [...]
Econ Saturday The silver doldrums continue. My sources (that sounds so 007-ish) are still highly bullish on precious metals, but they say the psychological shock of the silver beat-down could take two or more years to repair. They think long-term macro factors (read: more QE) favor a strong rebound, but they expect silver to bump [...]