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We don’t have cable and gave up trying to find something worth watching on broadcast television years ago (the Triple Crown races being the sole exceptions). We do own dozens of classic films and cartoons on videotape and cd, however, which we rewatch regularly. We also rent movies frequently (free …

How Do They Know?

The church we go to, St. Anselm’s, is in a heavily wooded section of St. Louis County. There’s a deer crossing sign on the main road just before the entrance to the parking lot. One day my wife was talking to some other women in the parish about the abundance …

A Personal Connection

A roomful of academics erupted in angry boos Tuesday morning after political analyst Michael Barone said journalists trashed Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republicans’ vice presidential nominee, because “she did not abort her Down syndrome baby.” — Politico.com My older brother, Chris, now 53, was born with Down Syndrome. In …

Death to Maven!

Maven, the virtually infallible brain of computer Scrabble, made a big mistake yesterday. On his second turn, he played a horizontal word starting with g in the far left column, halfway between the two triple-word scores, setting me up for a triple-triple, eight-letter bingo (9x the total point value, plus …

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

“Charitable organizations must not forget the Christian meaning of their activity, influenced by the present philanthropic climate or by excessive reliance on public funds,” [Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes said in an address to U.S. bishops this morning]. Catholic charity, Cordes said, is intended to be a “sign of God’s goodness.” …

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