Man: wet, wet, and more wet. Whenever I see this much wetness, I'm reminded of that character in CSL's Voyage of the Dawn Treader who comments, "“Ah, you've come over the water. Powerful wet stuff, ain't it?”
From The Loop: "There is a vocations boom in Wichita, Kansas. The small diocese ordained 10 men to the priesthood for the second year in a row, which increased the priestly population by about 20%. (For perspective, the Archdiocese of New York ordained 11 men, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles ordained 8 men this year." NC Register link.
Wichita is a small diocese? I guess so. According to this site, it ranks 116th out of 176. I assumed my diocese is tiny, but it ranks 115th. We have only seven men in formation total, so, okay, Way to go, Wichita!
I like this WSJ article: '50s Motels Go From Bleak to Chic.
We have a couple candidates for this theme in my town, especially as you go south toward the 80/90 toll road. It reminds me of El Cortez in Las Vegas, which I made a point to visit while I was there, knowing it was the first mob-controlled venue in Vegas. I pretty much vouch for this Wikipedia observation: "The property is one of the few casinos to have never changed its exterior faÃ§ade in Las Vegas, retaining the same signage and ranch-themed architecture for over seventy years."
Random Blurb from the Notebooks: Averroes (1126-1198): Islamic Aristotelian. His relentless pursuit of natural reason in the name of Aristotle would have squashed many of the revealed truths of God. If
Aristotle said it, it was true, regardless of what revealed "truths said. The simple people should follow religion; the philosophers follow reason: And it's good because (i) it brings social order and (ii) the truths revealed by religion and philosophy are generally similar. But when they disagree, philosophy is superior. St. Thomas tempered Averroes' "philosophy is absolute king" teachings, but the Averroes-scare and subsequent mistrust of reason/philosophy were felt after St. Thomas' synthesis. Averroes taught that religion prompts people to live civilly; it gives social order to those who are not intelligent to know the highest truths (e.g. men should subdue the passions). This appears to be a Marxist "opiate of the masses" view of religion, but Averroes also accepted the truth of revelation (except in the few areas it disagreed with Aristotle.