Archive | January, 2006

Meditation on Quill Pens

I just found this great piece  over at the Shrine of the Holy Whapping. Here’s an excerpt (but, really, go read the whole thing): I’m in a drawing class right now where we’re copying the techniques of the old masters—sanguine pencil, quills, ink-and-wash. Perhaps there’s a certain magisterial nostalgia at work here, tapping into the […]

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Love: The Chemical Reaction?

Mom got us a subscription to National Geographic for Christmas. She figured since we liked it as kids, it would be good for our kids. This month’s issue arrived within days of the release of Pope Benedict’s new encyclical, Deus Caritas Est. By a strange coincidence the subject of this month’s cover story is Love. […]

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A beautiful day…

Feels like spring. I decided to walk down to the park to enjoy the good weather while it lasts. As I was crossing a street I suddenly recalled that the last time I had gone that way I was feeling so very nauseous I was afraid I might throw up before I got to the […]

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good book

Mom lent me a good book while we were in Texas over Christmas: The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I’m a big fan of sci-fi and like time travel stories. This one is different. THe narative structure is part of what makes it so fascinating—mom said she finished it and then went back to […]

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The Present

Of all the Christmas/Epiphany presents I got this year one was clearly the best: the crocheted Noah’s Ark baby blanket my sister Theresa made. She’s a full time student, working on her senior thesis this semester, and yet somehow she managed to crochet this adorable blanket (which is not a small one either) and all […]

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A Great New Children’s Book

Some Background My quixotic quest in recent years has been to find a good book of Bible stories for kids. I’ve always loved children’s books, but I discovered that there is a real lack of a good Catholic children’s Bible when I was teaching 4th grade religious education. The kids didn’t seem to know the […]

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