Archive for August, 2011


“To expect too much is to have a sentimental view of life and this is a softness that ends in bitterness.”
— Flannery O’Connor
I sure wish I had heeded that when I first read it many years ago; it would have saved me a lot of heartache. Miss O’Connor also said this:
“I can, with one eye squinted, take it all as a blessing.”
I have been squinting, with this cataract, and I think she may be on to something.
I know the Church isn’t ready for it, but I sure hope Flannery O’Connor is canonized someday. She certainly bore her long debilitating illness with rare grace and courage (and wit)  and she certainly was wise.
 And hey, she could be proclaimed the patron saint of smart asses… 

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One World Less

“’til that moment I had never realized what it means to destroy a healthy, conscious man. When I saw the prisoner step aside to avoid the puddle, I saw the mystery, the unspeakable wrongness of cutting a life short while it is in full tide. He and we were a party of men walking together, seeing, hearing, feeling, understanding the same world and in two minutes, with a sudden snap, one of us would gone—one mind less, one world less.”

Reflections on George Orwell’s A Hanging, from The American Conservative:


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“Former Vice President Dick Cheney was given a multi-million-dollar contract to write a book about his political career. According to Cheney’s media hype, the book, called In My Time, will have “heads exploding all over Washington.” The Darth Vader of the Bush administration offers no apologies and feels no remorse. But peace activists around the country are stealthily gearing up to visit bookstores, grab a stack of books, and deposit them where they belong — the crime section.”

10 reasons why: http://original.antiwar.com/mbenjamin/2011/08/29/10-reasons-to-move-cheneys-book-to-the-crime-section/

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(Thanks to Fr Gregory)

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Some Week

My friends Dave and Jeannie live on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a few miles from the coast. When I called yesterday and talked to Jeannie she told me that last week had begun with an earthquake. Then, a few days later, a tornado touched down near their house. And the week ended with a hurricane blowing through!

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Good Night, Irene

I talked with a friend who lives near the coast of Maryland yesterday. She and her children had left for the hurricane, while her husband stuck it out at home. There was no damage, and it turned out to be anticlimactic. They did not even lose power.

I realize that for those who are dealing with floods and power outages that this is no fun, and for those who lost loved ones this is tragic,  but compared to predictions of “the storm of the century” and images of a Katrina-like disaster in New York and DC we were spared. Deaths are apparently in the tens, not the thousands. Thanks be to God that the east coast got off so lightly, and prayers for those who have been affected by the  storm

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I wrote the other day about early Fleetwood Mac, which had little in common besides the name with later incarnations of the band. This is a lovely tune by Peter Green, from his solo career:

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