Monthly Archives: November 2009

Happy Birthday, Duc; too bad about the boar

                  When I go to a museum I always wonder what the people staring at paintings are seeing. My museum style is to get through as quickly as possible, except when I’m … Continue reading

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Sorry, have to go, iPhone calling

Please excuse me for the next two weeks if you never see me; if I don’t answer your emails or text messages or phone calls; if I don’t read the books or see the movies or TV shows we’ve talked … Continue reading

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Catherine Labourés miraculous medal

If you look at my word cloud, you might be forgiven for thinking I’m an expert on George W. Bush, and so if you arrived at my site as someone did the other day with the query “What time did … Continue reading

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Black Friday: Yes, I’m writing about shopping

I hate shopping. I hate stores and shopping carts and coupons. I hate Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving (and after Thanksgiving) and canned Christmas music and fake Santa Clauses. I hate talking about shopping and bargains and what other people bought. … Continue reading

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A Happy Thanksgiving to all lying Republicans

Someone at the Republican National Committee thinks Chip is a Republican, which is almost enough to make me leave him, except that he hasn’t ever voted Republican except for one little slip-up in 1980 when even loyal Democrats were tearing … Continue reading

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St. Catherine’s Day

Saints are undoubtedly very much like George W. Bush in that they probably don’t pay much attention to polls. If they did, however, St. Catherine of Alexandria would find herself way up in the pantheon. They call her one of … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, True-Atheist Friend!

Despite her total lack of interest in dreams, outer space, God, astrology, time, calendars, and seasons, she’s one of the most interesting people I know. She will also hate this post, because she’s much more interested in other people than … Continue reading

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Ah, Sagittarius

Of all the signs – the seven animals (ram, bull, crab, lion, scorpion, goat, and fish), three humans (the twins, the virgin, and the water-bearer), and one pair of scales – Sagittarius is the most evocative. A centaur, half man … Continue reading

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On November 22

My daughter was in her first year of medical school on that infamous September 11. Classes were cancelled, and she and her boyfriend came here. We all sat on the couch, watched television, and waited for our world to change. … Continue reading

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The God in the Box

If you believe every word in the Bible is true, then you have to believe either that God wrote it, or he inspired all those other guys to write it in such a way that it contained no errors. But … Continue reading

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