Month: December 2006

The Weekend Eudemon

Online opportunities continue to escape me. A few short items this morning:

Interesting fact that sounds familiar but wasn’t in the forefront of my consciousness: The Dead Sea is in some places 1,500 feet deep. Its bottom is the deepest natural hole in the earth, measuring about a half mile below sea level.

In 1970, Americans spent just 26 percent of their total food budget eating away from home; in 2002, the number was 46 percent.” Source: U.S. News & World Report, 12/25/2006, p. 50.

“We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so at the moment after death.” Nathaniel Hawthorne… Read the rest

A Short Brewing Eudemon

I warned you that a few posts would be short between Christmas and New Years. Today’s is one of the briefest:

Flying Dog Brewery is sponsoring a contest: Name their seasonal summer ale (a Belgian white). The winner gets a free trip to Denver. Via. There are lots of gays in Colorado. Maybe you can come up with some sort of gay play off words. I thought about offering suggestions on this site (e.g., “I Love Al(e)”), but decided against it.

Another Katrina survivor: Dixie Brewing Co. in New Orleans is finalizing plans to begin renovating its brewery ravaged 15 months ago by Hurricane Katrina.… Read the rest

Holy Innocents and a Funny Drunk

In Ramah is heard the sound of moaning,
of bitter weeping!
Rachel mourns her children,
she refuses to be consoled
because her children are no more.

Jeremiah 31:15

St. Stephen, the first martyr, has his feast day on December 26th. Today, it’s the feast of the Holy Innocents, the infants and toddlers killed by Herod in an effort to get at Jesus. The joy of Christmas combined with sadness. It’d never hit me until this year. The Church, indeed, is an institution of paradox. Which is fitting, of course, since all being is filled with paradox.

The Breck Girl has joined the ’08 race: Former Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards jumped into the presidential race Wednesday a day earlier than he’d planned, prodded by an Internet glitch to launch a candidacy focused on health care, taxes and other domestic issues.

It looks like we need more public phones in the UK: “Nearly half of Brits regularly chat to friends and family on their home phone naked, a survey has revealed.”

I’m vigorously opposed to drunk driving, but I tip my long neck to this guy: “Police say a man they pulled over for driving drunk continued to swig his beer during his arrest.”

Joseph Epstein’s latest is worth checking out. He draws a great distinction between two types of presidents: believers and non-believers. And he’s not talking about religion. Excerpts:

Four or so years ago, I heard the comedian Jackie Mason mock George W. Bush’s slender rhetorical powers. “He stumbles, he stutters, he mispronounces. He goes arghh, he goes ahhh; he twists himself up in words; it’s hopeless.

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The Wednesday Eudemon

It’s Ford day. Former President Ford died. Ford talks with Toyota are getting more intense. Central Michigan University won the Motor City Bowl at Ford Field last night. My wife drives a Ford, one of those 12-person vans that people around here refer to as “Amish haulers” because retirees buy them and earn spending money by transporting Amish people (no link available).

I found this interesting: Forbes has ranked the Top 15 valuable football program. The test: Money. “We’ve ranked the 15 most valuable football programs based on their contributions to four important beneficiaries: the universities, athletic departments, conferences and communities with a vested interest in their financial success.” Notre Dame is first and Texas is second. After that, the SEC dominates. Georgia is third, then Michigan, Florida, Ohio State, Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma, LSU, Auburn, Penn State, South Carolina, Texas A&M, and Wisconsin.

Whew, I’ve been torn up with worry: A mysterious teenaged boy believed by some to be a reincarnation of Lord Buddha has reappeared in eastern Nepal after vanishing for nine months, a witness and a television channel said on Monday.

Just in time for News Year’s resolutions: An obesity pill which can help women drop two dress sizes in a year has been hailed by scientists after stunning test results. Who knows, it might even save a few marriages.… Read the rest

The Dragging Eudemon

Christmas Day is gone, and I feel like a ran a marathon. I thoroughly enjoy the Day, but it wears me out. I slept over nine hours last night, and I felt like I could’ve slept another couple.

It was a very good Christmas. We generally don’t splurge on our children, but we did this year (at least by our standards). They were very appreciative and thrilled. I’m concerned about the bar for next year, but I’ll worry about that in 11 months.

I received a couple of the Ignatius Catholic Studies of the Bible: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Acts. I’ve been looking for a good Catholic commentary on the Bible. This series is exactly what I wanted. I struggled with the St. Jerome Biblical Commentary, and I found it too academic (subtle questions of authorship bury the nuggets of interpretative information I want). I’ve tried other Bible studies, and they’re primarily a bunch of questions (“Why did Jesus . . .?), without answers or suggested answers. I see the value in making the reader ponder such things himself, but when you want straight information and Catholic teaching, all the questions are frustrating. Anyway, if you’re looking for a good series, check out the link above.

Continue to enjoy the Christmas season. If you’ve fallen into the blues already, I’m willing to wager $10,000 that you committed the American sin of celebrating during Advent, with the result that you can’t celebrate anymore now. … Read the rest

Something for Christmas Eve Morning

We consider Christmas as the encounter, the great encounter, the historical encounter, the decisive encounter, between God and mankind. He who has faith knows this truly; let him rejoice.
Pope Paul VI

“There were only two classes of men who heard the cry that night: Shepherds and Wise Men. Shepherds: those who know they know nothing. Wise Men: those who know they do not know everything.” Fulton Sheen… Read the rest