Monthly Archives: June 2009

Feast of the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome

If you ever find yourself bored at an anti-abortion rally you can look quite pious by burying yourself in a copy of Butler’s Lives of the Saints. Today, you’d be able to read about all the Christians Nero blamed for … Continue reading

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The Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

You can always tell when the Planned Parenthood clinic in Media is open by the groups of grim-faced people clustered outside holding grisly signs. It’s quite a scene, what with all the muttering, praying people; the clinic escorts; and a … Continue reading

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Karl Rove’s crumbling stonewall

The Stonewall demonstrations happened on my birthday, but it’s not because I was doing so much celebrating forty years ago that I missed the news. Most everyone else did too. Six months later Karl Rove’s father left his family. Turns … Continue reading

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Cancer time

Here’s what the lucky Duc de Berry got to look at from his Paris window – all the slaving peasants raking hay under the blazing chariot of Helios, the sun god; the Gemini twins; and Cancer the crab, who came … Continue reading

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Governor Sanford and cable news say thank you

Poor lovesick Governor Sanford’s problems were quite helpful for cable news, which was having a hard time following what was happening in a country where the only visuals were green tweets and shaky cell phone videos. And then, fortunately for … Continue reading

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God and my schedule

One day when I was around ten or so I woke up and made myself a schedule. In my Girl Scout handbook it told you how to clean a room, and so I was going to clean my room step … Continue reading

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St. John and the Romans and St. Bartholomew, all at once

It’s quite a busy day today: there’s John the Baptist, of course, but also the Roman Solstitium, called the dies lampadarum, or “day of torches.” It’s hot in Rome now, just as it must have been then; and, finally, here … Continue reading

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