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Weekend Rambling

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I've started listening to The Joe Sikorra Show on Relevant Radio. I didn't try it in the past because its promotionals made it sound like he was an "over-the-top" loud character, of the ilk of Ray Guarendi and Fr. Larry Richards, but one of the advertisements caught my ear so I tried out the show and am really enjoying it. Although he's livelier than many speakers, he's not remotely obnoxious.

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BTW: I really like the substance of what Guarendi and Richards say, and I think they have a lot to offer. I just don't like their form of animated delivery. It's not my cup of tea, just like Jim Carrey's isn't my cup of tea. Please don't send me hate mail.

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The production site continues to get pummelled with problems. First, the late winter storm, then the violent weather swings, then the robust and spreading invasive grass that has wiped out three beds and crippled six others, and now the cabbage worm. Pretty much everything I worked on from March to early May has been eliminated, and what I've salvaged has been with a lot of effort. I couldn't imagine doing this for a living.

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A couple people have asked whether I'm discouraged. The answer goes something like this, "Of course, but it simply isn't a big deal. I kind of viewing it as a sports fanatic having a bad year in fantasy football. He puts a ton of time into planning for the draft, trading players, picking up free agents . . . and keeps losing due to dumb luck. By the end of the season,

he has a losing record and isn't going to get any of his $200 entry fee back in winnings. It really sucks . . . but in the grand scheme of things, even on the strictly mundane level, it doesn't amount to a hill of beans."

Random Blurb from the Notebooks: How would a cat react if deprived of sleep? How does a car perform when deprived of oil? What happens to babies if no one holds them?

I don't know how the cat would react, but I bet it would grow highly irritable and eventually violent. The car, of course, would break down. And babies, I hear, lose all desire to eat if deprived of human affection.

This type of question–What would happen to X if starved of one of its most important elements–drove Walker Percy's fiction. But Percy applied the question to humans: What happens when people, either individually or as a culture, are deprived of religion? If we are spiritual beings, what happens when the spirit is suffocated?

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