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    Archive for November, 2012

    Friday

    Friday, November 30th, 2012

    Drunken Waiting Advent starts in two days or, depending on your Semitic predilections, tomorrow evening. Advent is a season of peaceful waiting, meditation, penance . . . and drinking. As every traditionalist Christian realizes, our culture has kicked the holiness of Advent in the teeth by creating one large holiday season from Thanksgiving to New […]

    Thursday

    Thursday, November 29th, 2012

    Bullets I saw Skyfall. I liked it, but it wasn’t great. I don’t know why the reviewers (and, apparently, general public) are fawning over it. Wait for the DVD. * * * * * * * Speaking of which: I’ve heard a few digs at Roger Moore, implying that he was a horrible James Bond. […]

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

    That’s a picture from Turin, Italy. I stumbled across it at Elizabeth Scalia’s Facebook page. I felt compelled to pass it along. * * * * * * * Antifragile arrived on my iPad this morning. I’m ten pages into it. Very good so far; just 500+ pages to go. * * * * * […]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

    Miscellany My seed-starting operation. I planted eight herbs on Sunday. We’ll see if they come up. * * * * * * * It’s that time of year again: Christmas wars. According to Glenn Beck’s site, if you want to boycott anti-Christmas stores, start with these culprits: American Eagle, GAP, Garmin, Old Navy, Tractor Supply […]

    Monday

    Monday, November 26th, 2012

    Anticipation I’m 46, and I’ve always tended to read a lot, yet I don’t think I’ve ever eagerly awaited a new book. Sure, I mostly read dead guys–Chesterton, Belloc, Guardini, Voegelin, Nock–so it’s not surprising, but still: you’d think that, at some point in my life, I would’ve been geeked about a forthcoming book. My […]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, November 25th, 2012

    “The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.” GKC Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

    From the Notebooks

    Saturday, November 24th, 2012

    From the Notebooks While recently trying to understand better the origins of nobility, I ran across this passage from Will Durant’s The Age of Faith that got me wondering why people think the European Union is a viable concept. Durant is writing about the rise of feudalism and how it took hold in Italy, large […]

    Friday

    Friday, November 23rd, 2012

    Background: When I was the editor of Gilbert Magazine, I was responsible for the “Tremendous Trifles” column. It was occasionally hard to find a sufficient amount of interesting GKC material to fill the page, so John Peterson sent me a file full of Chesterton ancedotes. They were idiosyncratic, historical, and Chestertonian. He recently gave me […]

    Thanksgiving Day

    Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

    “Gratitude is a fruit of great cultivation; you do not find it among gross people.” Samuel Johnson “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G.K. Chesterton “Gratitude is characteristic only of the humble. The egotistic are so impressed by their own importance that […]

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

    Black Wednesday: Special BYCU Edition The day of the year when all bars get into the black. Well, kinda. Two days from now is called “Black Friday” (increasingly, “Black Thursday“) because that’s when retailers make a bunch of money and take their ledgers from red to black. Tonight, bars take their ledgers from red to […]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

    Random Welcome, Rutgers and Maryland, to Big Ten country. I long thought West Virginia and Iowa State would make good fits, but I guess this works fine, too. * * * * * * * Get ’em while they’re hot: Obama nativity kits. * * * * * * * The jovial Dylan Grice had […]

    Monday

    Monday, November 19th, 2012

    Helladay Parade There’s a small city called “Battle Creek” about 50 minutes from my house. It’s the home of Kellogg and Post, making it the “Cereal Capital of the World.” It has about 60,000 people and puts together a lot of neat functions for its downtown. We decided to check out its annual holiday parade […]

     


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