The Daily Eudemon
"The only end of writing is to enable the readers better to enjoy life."
Samuel Johnson, The Idler, 4/5/1760




  • Home
  • Favorite Quotes
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • TDE Lens

  • archives
  • January 2018
  • December 2017
  • November 2017
  • October 2017
  • September 2017
  • August 2017
  • July 2017
  • June 2017
  • May 2017
  • April 2017
  • March 2017
  • February 2017
  • January 2017
  • December 2016
  • November 2016
  • October 2016
  • September 2016
  • August 2016
  • July 2016
  • June 2016
  • May 2016
  • April 2016
  • March 2016
  • February 2016
  • January 2016
  • December 2015
  • November 2015
  • October 2015
  • September 2015
  • August 2015
  • July 2015
  • June 2015
  • May 2015
  • April 2015
  • March 2015
  • February 2015
  • January 2015
  • December 2014
  • November 2014
  • October 2014
  • September 2014
  • August 2014
  • July 2014
  • June 2014
  • May 2014
  • April 2014
  • March 2014
  • February 2014
  • January 2014
  • December 2013
  • November 2013
  • October 2013
  • September 2013
  • August 2013
  • July 2013
  • June 2013
  • May 2013
  • April 2013
  • March 2013
  • February 2013
  • January 2013
  • December 2012
  • November 2012
  • October 2012
  • September 2012
  • August 2012
  • July 2012
  • June 2012
  • May 2012
  • April 2012
  • March 2012
  • February 2012
  • January 2012
  • December 2011
  • November 2011
  • October 2011
  • September 2011
  • August 2011
  • July 2011
  • June 2011
  • May 2011
  • April 2011
  • March 2011
  • February 2011
  • January 2011
  • December 2010
  • November 2010
  • October 2010
  • September 2010
  • August 2010
  • July 2010
  • June 2010
  • May 2010
  • April 2010
  • March 2010
  • February 2010
  • January 2010
  • December 2009
  • November 2009
  • October 2009
  • September 2009
  • August 2009
  • July 2009
  • June 2009
  • May 2009
  • April 2009
  • March 2009
  • February 2009
  • January 2009
  • December 2008
  • November 2008
  • October 2008
  • September 2008
  • August 2008
  • July 2008
  • June 2008
  • May 2008
  • April 2008
  • March 2008
  • February 2008
  • January 2008
  • December 2007
  • November 2007
  • October 2007
  • September 2007
  • August 2007
  • July 2007
  • June 2007
  • May 2007
  • April 2007
  • March 2007
  • February 2007
  • January 2007
  • December 2006
  • November 2006
  • October 2006
  • September 2006
  • August 2006
  • July 2006
  • June 2006
  • May 2006
  • April 2006
  • March 2006
  • February 2006
  • January 2006
  • December 2005
  • November 2005
  • October 2005
  • September 2005
  • August 2005
  • July 2005
  • June 2005
  • May 2005
  • April 2005
  • March 2005
  • February 2005
  • January 2005
  • December 2004
  • November 2004
  • August 2004
  • July 2004
  • June 2004
  • May 2004
  • April 2004
  • March 2004
  • February 2004
  • January 2004


  • syndicate this site
    RSS Feed
    RSS 2 Feed
    Atom Feed
    My Yahoo!
    Comments RSS

    Send the Webmaster an E-Mail


    Wednesday
    January 10, 2018

    Calendar and Camus

    Ceiling. TrastevereA full week with the flu. Sure, the bad parts are over, but I’m still dragging and this *&(&#)@ cough won’t go away. I think my staff is getting ready to toss me out of my own firm.

    Ceiling. TrastevereBut hey, I’ve been totally sober for 2018. Ten days in a row. I’m tempted to try to go the entire month, but January has 31 days so, you know, it’s not really possible.

    Ceiling. TrastevereNow, if this were September 1752, I’d go for teetotalling broke, just to say I did it. That month had only 19 days in it. “Six and a half million Britons went to bed on September 2, 1752, and woke up on September 14. The reason? The Calendar (New Style) Act of 1750, of course.”

    I could never understand the lyrics. Maybe they were singing about 1752:

    Ceiling. TrastevereI’ve always been a fan of Albert Camus, albeit a fan with a short attention span. I know people speculated that he was heading back to the Catholic Church before his life was tragically cut short at age 46 in a car accident. But was it an accident? It’s apparently been rumored since his death that the Soviets killed him. “In 2011, the media were abuzz with a report out of Italy that, rather than an accident, Camus may have been assassinated by the Soviet KGB for his powerful criticism of the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956, their massacre of Hungarian freedom fighters, and for his defense and advocacy of Boris Pasternak and his novel, Doctor Zhivago, among other things.”

    Ceiling. TrastevereAre the Democrats giving up on conventional politics? Oprah? Seriously? Sure, it’s no more improbable than the Donald, and it would certainly get them even for the Donald, but really? The left is actually galvanized at the prospect?

    Ceiling. TrastevereTrump continues to set the pace of the world. It’s not a good thing, but hey, it’s not an Oprah thing.

    Amazon Deals of the Day

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    Tuesday
    January 9, 2018

    Keeping Catholicism in Focus

    Ceiling. TrastevereJack and Michael attended the annual FOCUS conference in Chicago last week. I’d heard of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students but didn’t know much about it. From what I gather, FOCUS is hired [by university parishes?] to evangelize the university’s Catholic students. I’m greatly impressed by what I see. If you don’t want to lose your Catholic kid to the secularist idiots, pick a public university with a FOCUS presence or a strong Newman Center, then encourage them to get involved. They’re more likely to keep their Catholic identity at such a place than they would at, say, Georgetown or Boston College.

    Ceiling. TrastevereI listened to a ton of podcasts during my flu convalescence. Well, “listen” might be a bit exaggerated. I had them running non-stop, figuring it might bode well for me if I were listening to a priest when the angel of death came for me. Relevant Radio really came through with its great app.

    Ceiling. TrastevereI also watched a lot of TV. By Friday evening, I was sick and tired of TV, but I did discover that Netflix currently has the entire modern Father Brown series among its offerings. I’ll be checking out some of those episodes during the coming months.

    Ceiling. TrastevereI also made headway into the new season of Peaky Blinders, which might be my favorite TV show of all time. Great stuff. The family featured in the show are part Romani (gypsy). I didn’t know much about gypsies. My only exposure to them was in 1983, when I was working at K-Mart. The manager called an emergency meeting to inform everyone that a neighboring K-Mart called to warn them that they had just been hit by gypsies and that, if the caravan came to our store, no one could take lunch or breaks until the threat was over. A large group of gypsies, it was explained to me, would descend on K-Marts, create disturbances (customer complaints, mock fist fights, etc.), then rob the store blind while staff tried to deal with the disturbances. I’ll never forget the absolute disdain on my managers’ faces. It was obvious they had seen it before and/or been trained to deal with a well-known problem. So anyway, I checked out the Wikipedia entry about them. It’s fairly interesting.

    Amazon Deals of the Day

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    Monday
    January 8, 2018

    Miscellaneous Rambling

    Ceiling. TrastevereI never appreciated how severe the flu can be. When I would read that it could be “life threatening,” I didn’t really get it. Of course, if the flu came with stomach issues that lead to dehydration, that was understandable, but to go into life-threatening mode from body aches and fever under 104? I never understood it . . . until last week. I went into full-blown flu Wednesday evening and didn’t come out of the severest part until Saturday morning. As of this typing (Sunday), I’m still sore all over, am battling residual headaches, am still coughing and holding my stomach because I apparently pulled a stomach muscle during the battle, and am finding ordinary tasks (like composing this post) a bit difficult and “off-pace.”

    Ceiling. TrastevereI’m not looking for sympathy, btw. I’ll be fine. But if you hear of someone battling a real flu (and not the minor bouts I’ve dealt with in previous years that I thought were the real flu), see what you can do, especially if they live alone.

    Ceiling. TrastevereAnd yes, I got a flu shot. I’ve heard through the medical community that the people who create the shot really botched it this year (and that it’s mostly guess work anyway). I have a message for those people, but I can’t find the middle finger symbol on my keyboard.

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    January 7, 2018

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    January 6, 2018

    Been laid out by the worst flu of my adult life. Unbelievable. At points, I couldn’t move. I’m on the mend now. Regular blogging will resume Monday.

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    Friday
    January 5, 2018

    Tonight is traditionally known as “The Twelfth Night.” I’d never heard of it, but it was apparently a pretty raucous celebration by people who kept the Christmas season alive for the entire twelve days . . . although, I’m willing to conjecture, in an occasionally debauched form.

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    Thursday
    January 4, 2018

    Zmearing the Pope

    Ceiling. TrastevereI often get a bit a nervous when I’m criticizing Pope Francis. Needless to say, a person can’t toss the words “Pope” and “heretic” together without flat-out contradicting the foundation of the Roman Catholic Church, so I’m never tempted to push it that far, but lesser criticism can be out of line as well, since we need to show loyalty. I’m glad John Zmirak apparently has no such compunctions: “Pope Francis is pushing an “anti-American” and “anti-American worldview” via “hysterical leftist agitprop,” said The Stream’s Senior Editor John Zmirak on Monday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight.” Link.

    Ceiling. TrastevereOf course, that line above comes from a Breitbart article. Maybe they sensationalized it a bit. . . . Nope: “[Pope Francis] talks a good game about humility in discourse and openness, but that’s a bit like when Venezuela speaks about people’s democracy. It seems to be an empty slogan for a very angry, not exceptionally bright or subtle South American politician who happens to have found himself in a position with a huge bully pulpit which allows him to express an anti-American, anti-free market, really anti-Western worldview that seems to make a fetish out of poverty and loves the idea of global government overruling the wishes of voters. . . . He gave a talk in 2013 where he compared Europeans who didn’t want to accept Muslim migrants, he compared them to Cain who killed his brother in the Garden of Eden and Herod who slaughtered the children of Bethlehem. This is not rational discourse. This is not theology. This is hysterical leftist agitprop of the kind that you read in Venezuelan government newspapers.”

    Ceiling. TrastevereThis Zmirak book, incidentally, is a classic that deserves a much wider audience. I and my two oldest boys both read and loved it.

    Amazon Deals of the Day

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    Wednesday
    January 3, 2018

    misc-rambling-picCopt Out

    Ceiling. TrastevereYou can indirectly support TDE by buying your vegetable and flower seeds from the MAXimum Greens website. We have a nice assortment: flowers, vegetables. Our prices match the prices charged by the company whose products we sell. If you want something that isn’t listed at the store, email me and I will see if I can get it. I can probably can. Seed orders normally ship within 48 hours.

    Ceiling. TrastevereThis has gotta be a first: A Copt has been named anchor of a major news program. Hoda Kotb is of Egyptian Copt heritage, according to her Wikipedia entry. I doubt she has much loyalty to Pope Tawadros II, but it’s cool to know there’s a Copt, even one from Norman, Oklahoma, in such an illustrious position.

    Ceiling. TrastevereIt’s hard to think of Copts without thinking of the Council of Chalcedon in 451 and events surrounding it. Man, talk about acrimony. I had forgotten how bitter it was: quarreling, monks rioting in the streets, murder. Those folks took their theology seriously. It’s absurd that theology should ever erupt into violence, but at least theology is worth fighting over. And if people don’t fight over religious dogma, they’ll fight over secular dogma.

    Ceiling. TrastevereWhenever I get on the subject of early Church council, I remember Robert Payne’s excellent The Holy Fire. It doesn’t talk much about Chalcedon, but I looked it up on Amazon last night anyway while composing this post. For the first time ever, I took time to read the biographical information about Payne. I had no idea I was reading a genius (though I’m not surprised): “Robert Payne (1911-1983) was acclaimed as a “literary phenomenon of astounding industry and versatility” by Orville Prescott of The New York Times. During his lifetime he had over 100 books published on an extraordinarily wide range of subjects. He was known chiefly for his biographies and histories, but he also wrote novels, poetry and was a multi-lingual translator.”

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    Tuesday
    January 2, 2018

    Miscellaneous Rambling

    Ceiling. TrastevereI saw a headline link about Pope Francis’ New Year Day Mass, so I clicked on it. I liked what I saw: “Pope Francis on Monday recommended jettisoning life’s ‘useless baggage’ in 2018, including what he called ’empty chatter’ and banal consumerism, and focusing instead on building a peaceful and welcoming world . . .”. Good, good, good, I thought to myself. And then, “particularly for refugees and migrants.” Dang, politics again. I don’t think I’ve ever heard him say anything that doesn’t devolve into a political message. I’m sure he has, but I haven’t seen it.

    Ceiling. Trastevere“Colgate frozen beef lasagna (1982); Harley-Davidson “Hot Road” Eau de Toilette (1996-2005); “Rejuvenique” (1999), an electricity-zapping facial mask, hawked by Dynasty star Linda Evans, which looked exactly like the one worn by the mad doctor’s hideously disfigured daughter in the 1960 horror classic Eyes Without a Face.” What are those things? Actual products that (for obvious reasons) failed miserably. They’re also on display in a new museum dedicated to failure.

    Ceiling. TrastevereMy holidays went well, though, to be honest, I’m glad the overt celebration part is finished. I find it exhausting, especially the trip to Detroit. I’m blessed with great in-laws, but the travel, bad roads, extreme cold, over-consumption of alcohol, and other things really take their toll on me. I also wasn’t shocked to learn that Detroit is the most sleep-deprived city in America. It matches my experience with Detroit folk. I suspect I meant to live out west: “The best sleep levels were recorded in Colorado Springs, Sioux Falls and Boise.”

    Amazon Deals of the Day

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    Happy New Year
    January 1, 2018

    Regular blogging resumes tomorrow. I hope everyone has had a great holiday season.

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    December 31, 2017

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    Saturday
    December 30, 2017

    Yet another amazing pic from European Beauty:

    Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg | Facebook | Technorati | Google | StumbleUpon | Window Live | Tailrank | Furl | Netscape | Yahoo | BlinkList

    Send this post to a friend

    Enter Amazon here, buy something, and get me a kickback.


    For more than fifty years, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) has been helping conservative students achieve a genuine liberal arts education. Offering study guides, graduate fellowships, conservative books and speakers, online audio lectures, and a host of other programs and publications.

    Catholic Men's Quarterly, a one-of-a-kind general interest men's magazine written by Catholic men for Catholic men. Makes a great Father's Day gift.


    "The Daily Eudemon is the sort of thing that Chesterton or Mencken would be doing, if they were alive today. It's what, in saner times, was called journalism. In the writing and in the reading, it's exactly the sort of leisure we should want at the basis of culture."
    Mike Aquilina, Author of The Fathers of the Church and TV Talk Show Host.

    "Literate Catholicism-urbane, witty, engaged-is alive and well! If you can read, you should be reading The Daily Eudemon!" David Scott, author of A Revolution of Love: The Meaning of Mother Teresa

    "If you like your blogs pithy, nimble, pointed, high-spirited, and waggish, then bookmmark The Daily Eudemon. Ooops! You want prolixity, density, meandering, dull, and sober? Then run (do not walk!) to the blogs of the major news outlets. They have just what you want. Honestly they do." John Peterson, Editor, G.K. Chesterton: Collected Works, Volumes 12 and 13.

    "TDE is full of information and insight.  Always worth a read."  James V. Schall, Author of Another Sort of Learning.

    "TDE is one of the few indispensable sites in an overcrowded blogosphere." Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Ph.D., New York Times Bestselling Author and Author of How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization.

    links
    Abbey-Roads
    Acts of the Apostasy
    After Abortion
    Aggie Catholics
    All Manner of Things
    Belinda’s Brain
    Bethune Catholic
    Betty Duffy
    Book Reviews and More
    Catholic Blogs
    Catholic Exchange
    Catholic Fire
    Charlotte Was Both
    Chesterton and Friends
    Crossroads
    Decent Films
    Digital Hairshirt
    Dyspeptic Mutterings
    EWTN
    Fathers of the Church
    First Principles
    Get Blogs
    Gilbert Magazine
    Godspy
    Happy Catholic
    Mark Shea
    Mere Comments
    Michelle Reitemeyer
    More Last Than Star
    National Catholic Register
    New Advent
    Phat Catholic
    Pillar and Fire
    Post Modern Papist
    PowerBlog
    Pro Ecclesia
    Quaffs and Quibbles
    Reasoned Audacity
    Reconnaissance of the Western Tradition
    Roman Catholic Info
    Ruri et Orbi
    Scholium
    Shadow of Diogenes
    Signs of the Times: Salvo Blog
    Some Have Hats
    St. Blog’s Parish Blog Digger
    St. Blog’s Parish Directory
    St. James Journal
    St. Peter Canisius Apostolate
    Standing on My Head
    Stella Maris
    Stony Creek Digest
    Streams of Mercy
    Stupid Scholar
    Suicide of the West
    Summa Minutiae
    Taki
    The American Conservative
    The Blue Boar
    The Cafeteria is Closed
    The Crescat
    The Curt Jester
    The Dawn Patrol
    The Drunken Dollar
    The Impractical Christian
    The Inn at the End of the World
    The Michiana Blawg
    The Muniment Room
    The Radical Academy
    The Reticulator
    The Saint Wannabe
    The Scratching Post
    The Snoring Scholar
    The Summa Mamas
    The Waffling Anglican
    The Western Confucian
    Things and Stuff
    Thursday Night Gumbo
    Uncovering Orthodoxy
    Victor Lams
    Video Meliora
    Vita Mea
    Vox Nova
    What's Wrong with the World
    With Both Hands
    Within the Garden
    Without Having Seen
    World Wide Words

    the bloghorn
    Abbey-Roads
    Acts of the Apostasy
    After Abortion
    Aggie Catholics
    All Manner of Things
    Belinda’s Brain
    Bethune Catholic
    Betty Duffy
    Book Reviews and More
    Catholic Blogs
    Catholic Exchange
    Catholic Fire
    Charlotte Was Both
    Chesterton and Friends
    Crossroads
    Decent Films
    Digital Hairshirt
    Dyspeptic Mutterings
    EWTN
    Fathers of the Church
    First Principles
    Get Blogs
    Gilbert Magazine
    Godspy
    Happy Catholic
    Mark Shea
    Mere Comments
    Michelle Reitemeyer
    More Last Than Star
    National Catholic Register
    New Advent
    Phat Catholic
    Pillar and Fire
    Post Modern Papist
    PowerBlog
    Pro Ecclesia
    Quaffs and Quibbles
    Reasoned Audacity
    Reconnaissance of the Western Tradition
    Roman Catholic Info
    Ruri et Orbi
    Scholium
    Shadow of Diogenes
    Signs of the Times: Salvo Blog
    Some Have Hats
    St. Blog’s Parish Blog Digger
    St. Blog’s Parish Directory
    St. James Journal
    St. Peter Canisius Apostolate
    Standing on My Head
    Stella Maris
    Stony Creek Digest
    Streams of Mercy
    Stupid Scholar
    Suicide of the West
    Summa Minutiae
    Taki
    The American Conservative
    The Blue Boar
    The Cafeteria is Closed
    The Crescat
    The Curt Jester
    The Dawn Patrol
    The Drunken Dollar
    The Impractical Christian
    The Inn at the End of the World
    The Michiana Blawg
    The Muniment Room
    The Radical Academy
    The Reticulator
    The Saint Wannabe
    The Scratching Post
    The Snoring Scholar
    The Summa Mamas
    The Waffling Anglican
    The Western Confucian
    Things and Stuff
    Thursday Night Gumbo
    Uncovering Orthodoxy
    Victor Lams
    Video Meliora
    Vita Mea
    Vox Nova
    What's Wrong with the World
    With Both Hands
    Within the Garden
    Without Having Seen
    World Wide Words

    << # St. Blog's Parish ? >> 


    Copyright 2003-2015. All rights reserved.