Monthly Archives: July 2009

People who take up too much room

I don’t mean fat people, although they also take up a lot of room, but a lot of them can’t help it. I’m talking about the people who seem to take up too much room deliberately, like it’s their right … Continue reading

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July work

Those peasants sure worked hard during the summer, while the Duc de Berry was probably reclining in his triangular castle in Poitiers. But wouldn’t you worry that you might shear off that fancy blue dress by mistake?

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Feast of St. Martha

Lazarus had been dead in his tomb for four days, but when Jesus called him he walked out, alive. Maybe he was just sleeping in there, like those seven Ephesians, but the gospel of John gives us the very interesting … Continue reading

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Heat wave!

On hot nights my mother put a fan in the hall outside our bedrooms. It felt like it would never reach my door, turning so slowly on its big black base (and why couldn’t each of us have had our … Continue reading

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Feast of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus

They look so sweet there, crowded into that little cave, while the Roman emperor’s minions are sealing it up. They were supposed to go up the mountain and stop believing in Jesus; instead they fell asleep. When the cave was … Continue reading

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Feast of St. Anne

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius was (as the title hints) a little mannered and self-absorbed, but you can forgive Dave Eggers because, after all, he was writing about his parents who died in the same year, the father from … Continue reading

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Day Out of Time

José Argüelles, the guy who started Earth Day, thinks we should switch to the 13 Moon Calendar. It’s so nice and regular, and you only have to add a day each year, instead of all those confusing leap days (plus, … Continue reading

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