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A reader left a comment about this post, by noting: This reminds me of a great salutation at the start of the Mass, “Let us stand and greet our celebrant, Father Whachamacolit, by singing “Hail, Holy Queen.” Eyebrows leap up …Read More

Remember that ad? This sweet video below gives new meaning to it — and it will really make you smile. Enjoy.

This treasure trove contains some of the oldest bits of American history, pre-dating even the Pilgrims: Sister Catherine Bitzer slowly opened a file box and carefully removed a brittle page, scarred by years of neglectful storage, mold and insects. At …Read More

Grace Slick — “White Rabbit,” “Somebody to Love,” etc. — just turned 70.  “I grow old. I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled…”   Sigh. 

Betty seethed. Don cried. Roger resisted. And Joan’s hapless husband Greg decided to join the army so he could be a surgeon. Would he have to go overseas? “Maybe West Germany, or maybe Vietnam, if that’s still going on,” he …Read More

For the answer, check out  this unusual art project: photographing ordinary people who happen to bear the names of presidents. 

Amazing, indeed. Check out more here.

Up in Boston, a man who once studied for the priesthood is now playing a priest onstage — and the Boston Globe’s Michael Paulson turns a spotlight on this intriguing melodrama: The weary priest, seated on a deep couch with …Read More

The celebrated rocker knows his way around the Vatican, and he’s no stranger to papal audiences (see the photo above.) And a report indicates may meet with John Paul’s successor later this year: Bono has been invited to meet with …Read More

Those of us who loved Robert Zemeckis’ “The Polar Express” can now look forward to another shiny present under our Christmas tree, with his take on “A Christmas Carol,” featuring Jim Carrey as Scrooge. A first look, below.