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    Archive for September, 2013

    Monday

    Monday, September 30th, 2013

    Humorous, Informative, or Frustrating Some may have noticed that TDE has gone back to its roots: multiple postings during the day. This won’t necessarily be a regular occurrence, but it will happen often. Throughout the day, I run across things that I find humorous, interesting, or frustrating. I used to set them aside for the […]

    Saturday, September 28th, 2013

    From Reddit’s Today I Learned: “TIL Sugarcane is the world’s largest crop. In 2010, it was cultivated on about 23.8 million hectares, in more than 90 countries, with a worldwide harvest of 1.69 billion tons.” Link. “TIL that the island of St. Kilda in Scotland was so isolated that its people had not heard of […]

    Leno

    Friday, September 27th, 2013

    “A North Carolina woman stabbed her roommate’s ex-boyfriend because she claimed he wouldn’t stop playing Eagles music. He’s OK, but apparently she stabbed him with those steely knives but she just couldn’t kill the beast.” And Ferguson: “Right now a postage stamp costs 46 cents. But they’re proposing to raise it to 49 cents. That’s […]

    Friday

    Friday, September 27th, 2013

    Great Merton anecdote: “Over Labor Day [in 1938, the year before he was received into the Catholic Church], Merton and Joe Roberts went to Philadelphia, arguing over mysticism and the Catholic Church, drinking so much that it took several days to recover.” Mott, The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton, 118-119. That happened to me once. […]

    Thursday, September 26th, 2013

    I appreciate Pope Francis’ efforts to emphasize the Church’s pastoral mission, but I wonder if he appreciated that he was giving hope to the hopelessly left-wing in the RCC. I’m seeing more and more articles like these popping up. Liberal Catholics have asked to meet Pope Francis to add their views to talks next week […]

    Clives Kierkegaard

    Thursday, September 26th, 2013

    Kierkegaard discusses at length the ideal “knight of faith” in Fear and Trembling (probably the pioneer work of existentialism). Kierkegaard’s knight of faith is a man who fits in everywhere among everyone. He is happy with, suited for, whatever confronts him: This man takes pleasure, takes part, in everything, and whenever one catches him occupied […]

    Received in an Email

    Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

    “Factoid from the Wall Street Journal: On a game day, Dallas Cowboys Stadium, what with air conditioning, giant scoreboards and all, consumes more electricity than the entire nation of Liberia.” Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

    GKC Short

    Wednesday, September 25th, 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 gave me permission […]

    Adventure v. Books

    Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

    “The profoundest lessons are not the lessons of reason; they are sudden strains that permanently warp the mind.” Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams (Houghton Mifflin, 1973), p. 108. Based on my experience, it makes you wonder whether those adventure nuts are correct when it comes to living life: press yourself to the max, […]

    Monday

    Monday, September 23rd, 2013

    Autobiographical Corner A good weekend, a very good weekend indeed. Unfortunately, it started off with a scorching hangover headache Friday morning . . . after a mere two tall tonics and gin at Frankie’s following my son, Michael’s, Freshman football game. Frankie’s was the recent subject of the Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible reality show. The […]

    I am Not a Crook

    Saturday, September 21st, 2013

    “This is the United States of America, we’re not some banana republic. This is not a deadbeat nation. We don’t run out on our tab. We’re the world’s bedrock investment, the entire world looks to us to make sure the world economy is stable. We can’t just not pay our bills.” Barack Obama. I remember […]

    Catholic Lane

    Saturday, September 21st, 2013

    My latest over at Catholic Lane: On Charity. It’s not my favorite piece: It’s pretty compact without much flair (no cogent quotes and clever anecdotes), and I’m concerned that the piece slightly conflates “charity” with “entitlements,” but overall, I like it. Excerpt: Dorothy Day said that the poor always smell and are always ungrateful. Those […]

     


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