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    Archive for January, 2013

    Thursday

    Thursday, January 31st, 2013

    Bullets If you’re interested in economics and agriculture, you might enjoy this EconTalk podcast: Lisa Turner on Organic Farming. For a variety of reasons, I expected the podcast to be an attack on the organic farming/gardening movement, but it wasn’t. Not at all. The show’s host is genuinely curious about the whole thing. * * […]

    Late Night Kimmel

    Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

    “60 Minutes” anchor Steve Kroft is defending Sunday’s interview with President Obama and Hillary Clinton, saying that he didn’t have enough time to ask hard-hitting questions. That would be easier to believe if the name of his show wasn’t the amount of time he had. The president just announced that same-sex couples will be included […]

    Late Night Craig Ferguson

    Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

    Oprah was in the news recently for her Lance Armstrong interview. It was TV at its most powerful. Armstrong tearfully admitted to using steroids, and Oprah reciprocated by tearfully admitting she once had to pump her own gas. I greatly respect Oprah because she is from a tough background. Her story’s fantastic. She was born […]

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

    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 […]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

    Random Opening I’m not a big fan of Facebook, but I was dealing with a migraine Sunday afternoon and looking for some low-impact ways to spend time, so I was browsing FB. A friend posted this picture on Facebook, and I was impressed enough to post it here. Her caption: “This is Keukenhof Park in […]

    Monday

    Monday, January 28th, 2013

    Sundays “You might try never working on Sundays. Just rule it out. See how you like it.” That’s one of the best pieces of advice I ever received from a priest. No matter how busy I get at the office, I don’t work on Sundays, except in extreme circumstances. The “mental shift” that occurs in […]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, January 27th, 2013

    “Being humble, we will ask God for pardon many times a day for our sins of omission and commission, or at least for what is not going well in our life. . . . If we live this way, being completely sincere with ourselves, we will have no reason to set ourselves up as judges […]

    Saturday

    Saturday, January 26th, 2013

    Caption to this picture: “How to Tell When Hunting Season is Over.” Have you seen Zero Dark Thirty? I haven’t gone, but it has come to my hometown so I was thinking about going. After reading this review, I’m definitely going, though I don’t know if I’m going to like it. I must say, however, […]

    Friday

    Friday, January 25th, 2013

    BYCU I received an interesting email of “incredible historical pictures.” The pictures look legitimate, but I question some of the captions (I suspect the person who assembled the original email took old pictures then put bogus captions on them). Anyway, there were a few pictures that, if the captions are legitimate, are really interesting: Cow […]

    Thursday

    Thursday, January 24th, 2013

    My indoor herb gardening is doing fairly well. I started everything from seed. The basil, oregano, chives, and lavender look like they’ll make it. Unfortunately, I forgot to label the other herb pots so I’m not sure what I have. I know I have rosemary, thyme, another kind of basil, parsley, cilantro, and stevia, but […]

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

    Peterson Observations I’m enjoying John Peterson’s Pop Goes the Culture. It’s great non-fiction light reading . . . a perfect “bathroom book,” though I haven’t much defiled it that way. Herewith, a few samples: In his chapter about the wrestler Gorgeous George, Peterson reminds readers that the blonde hunk of vanity referred to himself as […]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

    Calling All Nerds: 20 Books to Make You a Smart Catholic Joseph Epstein is the best essayist alive. He’s urbane, funny, self-deprecating. He’s a fine stylist, and he’s remarkably well-read. I remember William F. Buckley marveling at Epstein’s erudition and wondering how Epstein could have so many anecdotes and references at his disposal. Coming from […]

     


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