Archive for May 18th, 2011


The other demonstration that Ben Cohen mentioned in the Sojourners interview:

Wallis: Tell me about the Oreo demonstration.

Cohen: That’s a demonstration I developed on my own. It makes it easier to understand the federal budget. One Oreo represents $10 billion. The $700 billion Pentagon budget is just a stack of 70 Oreos — you can understand 70 Oreos. In comparison to that, the federal government spends just four-and-a-half Oreos on education, just one-half an Oreo on alternative energy, and a fraction of an Oreo on Head Start. If you take just seven Oreos off the Pentagon budget, you could provide health care for all the kids who currently don’t have it. You could provide Head Start for all the kids who need it. You could eliminate our need for Mideast oil through energy efficiency. You could change our country into one that cares about people, eliminates poverty, and helps people climb their way out, through education…

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But this is right on, and relevant to my post Still Catholic. From Mark Shea:


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Before the Slump

I have recounted here how I worked all Lent on an icon of the Mother of God of the Sign, how I ran into numerous problems with it and had to repaint the face three times. And then my two year old smeared paint all over it and I had to start over.

That one went well in the beginning, easy stages, but early in the detailed work I messed up again. This time I decided that the problem was that I needed new brushes; mine were getting old, losing their shape, their spring.  I ordered some, a little better quality than what I usually buy.

So I took a break, admitting that this was a major slump. The brushes have arrived, but I haven’t painted yet; a little wary of it, really.

So I haven’t finished an icon since before Lent. It seems like a long time ago.

This is the last one I completed before the slump:

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