Monthly Archives: February 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Something for Sunday Morning

“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. Bookmark it: | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Something for Sunday Morning

“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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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