Monthly Archives: February 2005

I COULDN’T HELP IT

I didn’t want to watch the Oscars, I hadn’t seen any of the movies this year, and I started my day, really and truly, with no intention whatsoever of watching the Oscars. But as time drew near, my gaze, much … Continue reading

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PETER BENENSON, R.I.P

Peter Benenson, founder of Amnesty International, has died in London at the age of 83.

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POETRY CORNER

Ode to Coffee Oh, coffee, you reborative drink, Without you my mind would be lost, I think. Fairest of beverages, fruit of the bean, What morning, with clarity, without you is seen? You hot steamy blessing, you dark bitter brew, … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW

BASIC ECONOMICS Thomas Sowell First of all, this is a book about economics. Second, it is eminently readable. These two phenomena rarely if ever coincide; truly it should be the only criteria to receive a Nobel in either Literature or … Continue reading

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TIME AND WORK

That last hour of work on Friday is the longest hour of the week. I imagine similar feelings may occur to people who actually enjoy their jobs, but for those of us who’ve built up a raging antipathy to our … Continue reading

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RECORD REVIEW

Pixies Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies There was a time in the mid-80′s that I was pretty up-to-date on new music. I was at UNC-Greensboro, I had a couple of shifts a week on the campus radio station (WUAG: … Continue reading

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PAGING MR. SCHIAVO . . .

. . . and everybody else who is trying to kill Terri Schiavo (Florida Supreme Court, I’m looking in your direction). Excerpt: For 20 years, Sarah Scantlin has been mostly oblivious to the world around her, the victim of a … Continue reading

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RANDOM THOUGHTS

The man has been shot, had most of intestines cut out, parkinson’s disease, a broken hip, and all the other things that happen to an aging human being, and you thought a little chest cold was going to stop him? … Continue reading

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BIG GAME?

All day long I keep hearing about “big game” this and “big game” that. So I tune in at 5:00, and what do I see but a football game? Don’t you people know the big game is Wednesday? Do I … Continue reading

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QUESTIONNAIRE

Randy did this over at the Fred Hotline, so I thought I’d give it a go. It’s the questionnaire used by James Lipton on the very interesting “Inside the Actor’s Studio”. You know, the one where he says it was … Continue reading

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GREATEST MAN OF THE 20th CENTURY

While discussing the Holy Father’s hospitalization, Fr. Tharp and I began pondering whether anyone could even come close to Karol Wojtyla as the Greatest Man of the 20th Century. We brainstormed for a bit, and came up with a few … Continue reading

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THE VIRTUE OF GRACIOUSNESS

I had occasion recently to contemplate certain virtues I admire in other people. I think the word for my favorite virtue is graciousness, as defined by the idea of treating all people as if they were special, showing kindness and … Continue reading

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