Monthly Archives: May 2010

Idea du jour: the pre-obituary

What a dreary afternoon for a holiday! I needed a pick-me-up, and P.J. O’Rourke provided it. O’Rourke has a great idea for reviving the newspaper biz, which desparately needs great ideas and revival: the pre-obituary: What I propose is “Pre-Obituaries”—official … Continue reading

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Haikuly Yours III

(Time to clean out my queue) Writer’s Almanac Had permission to reprint I don’t have. So here: Memorial Day, by Dennis Caraher The Man in the Yard, by Howard Nelson Confessions, by Lowell Jaeger Things I Didn’t Know I Loved: … Continue reading

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Beavis and Butthead Conservatism

I know I’ve written bunches about the sorry state of mainstream “conservatism.” I think I’ve specifically pointed out a ubiquitous add at’s columnist page, featuring lame slogan T-Shirts tightly fitted to shapely young females. Well it’s Summertime, summertime, sum, … Continue reading

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I heard that English is the only language with a word for “fun.”A quick Google search suggests that there’s a Spanglish word, too – borrowed, I suspect. Three questions: Do any of you know this story about “fun” to be … Continue reading

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Is Sarah Palin a fake feminist?

It should be no secret that I am not a fan of Sarah Palin, but among her defects is not patent falsity as a feminist, as Jessica Valenti’s column at the Sunday Washington Post alleges. Valenti careens around like a … Continue reading

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Jetta TDI Sportswagen

I bought a new car. My Passat sedan is gone, replaced by a Jetta TDI Sportwagen. I’m not going to go all introspective on you, but I still have a little trouble keeping car buying decisions entirely rational. The rational … Continue reading

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The Democrat primary winner to run against Indiana Congressman Dan Burton is a young fellow, energetic and … Uh. Well. Did I mention that he won the Democrat primary? I did? Oh, darn! It seems that he has some history … Continue reading

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Deep down, Emergent Church is shallow

I left the Evangelical world decisively about the time Bill Hybels’ Willow Creek Church was its fad du jour, so Emergent Church was largely unknown to me. Having left, and after a few years having given up on the idea … Continue reading

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Chasing the rabbit

Father Stephen recounts an evocative story from the Desert Fathers, set in the context of the Gospel According to John (1:14 “we have beheld his glory”) and John’s first epistle (1:1 et seq: “That which was from the beginning, which … Continue reading

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And Hell freezes over …

Apple passes Microsoft in market capitalization. Now, what’s a geek who dislikes big concentrations of corporate power supposed to do? I’m too old and too busy to master Linux or to go back to a command line.

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