Monthly Archives: June 2008

Monday Moanin’

I want to revisit the birding issue. Looking back at my post, it was too harsh. Someone once told me, “Don’t question another person’s hobbies.” It’s good advice. Birding is no more inane than any other hobby. Heck, it’s arguably … Continue reading

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Something for Sunday Morning

No quote this morning. Rather, a question: How can a person follow the saints and accept each moment–each situation, each job–peacefully, without becoming a rag doll of circumstances? Bookmark it: | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

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I got a head start on Purgatory yesterday. For a variety of reasons, I had to go birding with my father-in-law, son Jack (12), a nephew, and two nieces. It was brutal. I had to get up at 5:00 to … Continue reading

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If you haven’t figured it out, I’m on vacation this week. It’s my family’s annual trip to Houghton Lake with my wife’s family: 40 in-laws for seven days. I actually enjoy it (click here for article that marked my softening … Continue reading

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Thursday Top Ten

You might be lethargic if: 10. Kneeling and standing during church cause you to break a sweat. 9. You break a sweat taking a shower. 8. You have nightmares about losing your TV remote. 7. You’ve tried to scam a … Continue reading

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Wednesday Top Ten

During my term as editor of Gilbert Magazine, a wise man passed this along to me: You’re not a writer if 10. You don’t really believe that good writing is re-writing. 9. You’ve never spent over fifteen minutes trying find … Continue reading

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Feast Day of St. John the Baptist

St. John the Baptist is “the only saint whose day of birth is celebrated; we celebrate the birth of John and that of Christ.” St. Augustine, quote in Francis Fernandez’s In Conversation with God Bookmark it: | Reddit | … Continue reading

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Tuesday Top Ten

Top Ten List: You might have a book obsession if: 10. You’ll never be able to finish all the books you’ve started. 9. You’re kinda surprised there’s not a medical term to describe a disordered erotic attraction to books. 8. … Continue reading

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Monday Moanin’

Chicago is under siege. By blackbirds. “Nesting season is in full swing for the red-winged blackbird, making the males extremely aggressive. Walk or bike too close to one’s nest and expect to hear its high, menacing squawk overhead. Then comes … Continue reading

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Something for Sunday Morning

“Give me thy grace, good Lord, to set the world at naught . . . to have my mind well united to you; to not depend on the changing opinion of others . . . so that I may think … Continue reading

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An atheist defends religion as a bulwark of freedom. The article is a little awkward to read and it doesn’t break new ground, but it’s refreshing to see an atheist making the arguments. Excerpt: [W]hich institutions did [Lenin and Stalin] … Continue reading

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Brews You Can Use

Summer time is here and so is the beer. I look forward to hoisting a host these next couple of days. The weather forecast is sunny and so are my expectations. Of course, saying such a thing is a good … Continue reading

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