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    Archive for May, 2020

    BYCU

    Friday, May 29th, 2020

    Background music or TV with the sound on? The bar in English-speaking countries traces its roots back to Roman Britain where drinking establishments flourished. The establishments declined with Rome, but they came back in the Middle Ages, largely through the efforts of monasteries to provide for travelers. By the fifteenth century, three different drinking establishments […]

    Drudge

    Thursday, May 28th, 2020

    Leaving I reached a momentous decision yesterday: I dropped the Drudge Report from my start-up pages in Google Chrome. I’ve for years enjoyed his libertarian leanings, with his kindly non-sectarian nod to the Catholic Church. He was, for me, what the Detroit Free Press was for my parents back in the 1970s: my morning read […]

    Coronabeer Miscellany

    Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

    Face Masks in Northern Michigan Marie, five of our kids, and I took our annual trip to Alpena, Michigan for a long weekend. Five days. We normally go up in July or August for ten days, but weddings and other family exigencies have made the forecast pretty clear: virtually no free weekends from June through […]

    Essay Excerpt

    Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

    And that’s where Belloc sits with many. Ignored and neglected. He rubbed people the wrong way while he was alive, too. His nasty wars with H.G. Wells are legendary, but even before the nastiness started, Wells didn’t care for him. Wells cherished Chesterton’s company, saying he desired to “drink limitless old October from handsome flagons” […]

    Abandonment

    Thursday, May 21st, 2020

    Virtue or Vice? When it comes to one’s own death, when does a person cross the line from abandonment to God’s will (the finest thing) to reckless disregard for one’s own health and life (a potential sin . . . Catechism 2288)? When does abandonment turn into the heresy of Quietism? Those, I think, are […]

    Miscellany

    Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

    Emperors, Life, Other Another good post by Medium superstar writer Ayodeji Awosika: 10 Signs Your Life is Probably Better Than You Think It Is. Number One: “You’re alive. He bolsters his selection with a quote from Nassim Taleb: “We are quick to forget that just being alive is an extraordinary piece of good luck, a […]

    Trashy Tuesday

    Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

    This Ain’t Hard, People Crazy days. COVID, first grandchild, basement flood, habitual drunkenness. What’s a guy to do? But I still have time to read tripe like this: “The last few months have laid bare the reality that, even before the pandemic hit, far too many people were living on the edge.” That’s Jamie Dimon. […]

    Episode 76

    Sunday, May 17th, 2020

    New Episode Released Arthur, Alfred, and Other Kings to 1649. Medium dot Com A quick overview of what we’ve covered in English history: First, Rome’s conquest of southern Britain, and the withdrawal of its soldiers in 410, leaving its Roman citizens there and the native Britons to fend for themselves. During the 400s, St. Patrick […]

    BYCU

    Friday, May 15th, 2020

    Bars Color me “out of touch.” These are the five things people miss most from life before Coronabeer virus: 1. Having face-to-face interactions. 2. Celebrating big milestones with friends and family. 3. Hugging. 4. Having date nights. 5. Going to a bar with friends. With a few tweaks, I could make this my list of […]

    This has Gotta be a Sin

    Friday, May 15th, 2020

    Peanut butter whiskey I realllllly didn't think I'd like this. But its very tasty. pic.twitter.com/sMCMUwg114 — Hawaiian Mark 🤙 (@Hawaiian_Mark) May 11, 2020 Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

    Noir to Historical Fiction

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

    Los Angeles Fiction Matthew Schmitz at First Things ties together Hollywood noir films to Christian theology. It’s a neat overview of a film genre I’ve never tried (unless The Maltese Falcon counts as “noir”). The great neo-noir film, LA Confidential, however, is one of my favorite movies of all time, so maybe I need to […]

    New Baby

    Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

    Grandpa Jones I’m a grandfather! Edith “But I’m Not Jewish” Knoerl was born last night, around 8:00 PM. Mother, father, and grandfather are doing fine, but, after nearly killing Max with the cork from the first bottle of champagne, I engaged in celebratory rounds of drinking with Edie’s six aunts and uncles and have a […]

     


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