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    Archive for February, 2012

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

    When I first started taking a hard look at converting to Catholicism, I was most struck by “spiritual development,” the idea that we have a soul that needs to be nourished and strengthened. I was always taught that I had a soul that would survive death, but it was always kind of an “all or [...]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

    Randoms It’s primary day here in Michigan. Has Romney irritated me enough to prompt me to pull that Santorum lever? I suspect it’ll be a last-second decision. * * * * * * * Gardening Corner: 80 Odd Things You Can Compost. It’s a good list, but be careful with the grain items they mention [...]

    Monday

    Monday, February 27th, 2012

    Monday Miscellany I stumbled across this glass at a flea market back in the early 1990s, after Arkansas had left the Southwest Conference. I bought it for 25 cents or something like that, thinking it might be a pretty cool collector’s item some day (since it had Arkansas on it). A few years later, the [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, February 26th, 2012

    “Throughout the whole of our lives we may enjoy the benefit that comes from prayer if we devote a great deal of time to it.” John Chrysostom.

    Saturday

    Saturday, February 25th, 2012

    The Panacea What are the three biggest problems confronting the United States today? There are lots of candidates, but I think most people, regardless of moral or political or religious persuasion, would put these three in the top 5: the economy, rogue nations and the atom bomb, terrorism. Fortunately, someone has finally come up with [...]

    Friday

    Friday, February 24th, 2012

    TDE doesn’t get many opportunities to post “honey shots,” so when I saw this one, I jumped at the chance. A little sex appeal might drive more viewers to these otherwise-stolid cybershores. I’d never heard of Zymurgy (and don’t know what the word means), but if you’re into home brewing, you’ll probably enjoy their site. [...]

    Thursday

    Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

    Colons, Tebow, and Other Gosh, I hope so: “Colonoscopy Lowers Rate of Cancer Deaths, Study Finds.” I’d hate to think I’ve been doing ‘em for kicks. * * * * * * * I’ll admit it: I’m not a big Tebow fan. I didn’t comment on all the uproar toward the end of the NFL [...]

    Ash Wednesday

    Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

    Lent Welcome to Lent 2012. I enter the season with high expectations, more so than usual. I can’t identify the source of my optimism, but maybe the letters of Seneca are wearing on me well. Then again, Seneca counseled against hope, though, in his letter on groundless fears (Number 13, I think; maybe number 12) [...]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

    Letters to Children: On History It’s difficult to instruct you here, but I suggest you concentrate your reading in three areas: (1) Obtaining a general historical sense; (2) American history; (3) Classical history. (1) In order to understand much of what you read, you need a general chronological sense. If you cannot immediately identify The [...]

    Monday

    Monday, February 20th, 2012

    Miscellany Ron Paul easily leads the yard-sign race in my neighborhood. I’d put one in my yard (which would be a first for me), but I don’t know where to get them. * * * * * * * I mean, who else is willing to say things like this: “We’ve slipped away from a [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, February 19th, 2012

    “Gregory of Sinai is insisting on an essential aspect of the Orthodox mystical tradition: the most dangerous enemy to union with God is imagination in any shape or form, voluntary or involuntary. There is a curious likeness between this Eastern spiritual doctrine and Simone Weil’s concept of the imagination ‘which fills up the cracks through [...]

    Saturday

    Saturday, February 18th, 2012

    Bullets I came into this morning’s post with nothing. Absolutely nothing. I had to engage in some good old fashioned Firefox tab-opening and surfing to assemble this morning’s post. Unfortunately, I didn’t find much, but a few things jumped out. * * * * * * * Does anybody here worry about the waves emitted [...]

     


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