This guy’s beard is weird!
I have a piece in the new Neue magazine (cool pun, huh?).
Sad to read Christine’s piece. Our prayers.
Before we go any further, who’s got an iPad and what do you have to say?
Good question for all of us, in whatever setting we find ourselves: “Who’s not here?”
Another good question and discussion by Mark Galli.
Good question from Fr. Rob.
Good reminder from Richard Mouw.
Good review by LaVonne. (Other than the one reference.)
Good reminder from Sage.
At Out of Ur, Gordon Macdonald says very, very good things about health care. Yes, he says, we can afford it. I agree. The issue is do we want to afford it.
At Patheos, Cross Investigations is on what theological theme is most vital to recover.
Mark Roberts on a hymn.
At Unreasonable Faith, Daniel Florien (former evangelical, now atheist) interviews Matthew Paul Turner.
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Only because I’m a grandfather do I notice these things; but Amazon is having some April sale on diapers and the like. Thought some of you readers might like to know!
Meanderings in the News
1. Is this dopamine?
3. Quite the conversation on heaven.
4. On those hard-to-find black truffles. Speaking of Italy’s truffles, Nero’s trussles are struggling (with some good pics).
5. The folks at National Review are after Obama’s campaign promises.
6. CSM on the rise of New Calvinism.
7. Before you apply for a job, hide (that Facebook or MySpace page). This no longer has to be hidden: pilots can take anti-depressant meds.
8.The Catholic Church, the Pope, and the sexual allegations/crimes are the issue On Faith at the Washington Post. George Weigel on the issues. Andrew Sullivan spars constantly with the likes of Weigel. The NYTimes is relentlessly editorializing. (The wheels of public statement move too slowly in the Vatican, and the Vatican’s choice to blame bias in the media isn’t working. Here is the official statement from the Vatican.) Sullivan’s theme is clear, though I tire of his speculation: “But if one believes that a celibate priesthood can be a magnet for sexually repressed and conflicted or emotionally arrested homosexuals, and if one understands that all priests, like all human beings, are sexual creatures, and if one believes that the core problem is also total authority, a closed clerical culture and no external accountability, then the question of what went on for centuries before the abuse crisis emerged into the sunlight remains. More than remains: it haunts.”
9. David Brooks: “Nonetheless, if you had to take more than three seconds to think about this question, you are absolutely crazy. Marital happiness is far more important than anything else in determining personal well-being. If you have a successful marriage, it doesn’t matter how many professional setbacks you endure, you will be reasonably happy. If you have an unsuccessful marriage, it doesn’t matter how many career triumphs you record, you will remain significantly unfulfilled.” I don’t know about you, but there was a flap that didn’t connect for me. The flap was that Brooks was saying Bullock should have tended to her marriage. I didn’t see that. Did you?
10. Oh-oh, climatologists and metereologists aren’t on the same map.
Meanderings in Sports
You ready? Here come the Cubs! Just sayin.
An absolutely-must read about Bernie Carbo.
Casey Stengel’s best statement ever: “Good pitching will always stop good hitting and vice-versa.”