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Protected: Podcast #13: Napkin report!

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Happy birthday, Chico Marx! I’m going out to arrange your bail.

Today is Chico Marx’s birthday. Born in 1887(!), top height 5’6″, greatest phony Italian accent ever mysteriously assumed by a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn. By most accounts, he was as breezy and confident in real life as he was in the films. Christened Leonard, the oldest of the five Marx brothers, he picked up the 1920’s… Continue reading Happy birthday, Chico Marx! I’m going out to arrange your bail.

The Catholic Weekly

6 sermons I could do without

I have endless tolerance for boring sermons, weird sermons, silly sermons, scary sermons, tiresome sermons, corny sermons, uninspired sermons, irrelevant sermons, rambling sermons, goofy sermons, and sermons that make me wonder which will come first, the end of the homily or sweet, sweet death. But I don’t complain! Most of the time. I do, however, have a… Continue reading 6 sermons I could do without

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It was a beautiful confession

On Saturday, we went to confession. Mine was a pretty standard operation: “Bless me, father, for I have sinned. It has been two months since my last confession. I did that thing I always do, and that other thing I always do. I also did that other thing I always do, except more so than usual. And I stopped… Continue reading It was a beautiful confession

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That’s no doppel, that’s my gänger!

Smithsonian Magazine is always up to something interesting. This month, they’re putting together an exhibit of modern people and their 2000-year-old doppelgänger using facial recognition software which analyzes your face and scans through 123 facial comparison points, such as the bridge of your nose and the shape of your mouth, before matching you with one… Continue reading That’s no doppel, that’s my gänger!

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Protected: Podcast #12: Blazing butts and other misapprehensions

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What's for Supper?

What’s for supper? Vol. 74: This is why everyone needs an Instant Pot

Maybe you’re wondering what is the big deal about the Instant Pot. Is it really so great? Why does everyone go so cuckoo over it? Should I be worried that my spouse has bought a pair of spotless doves and is sharpening a knife? And why does Simcha insist on making these embarrassingly chimpy images… Continue reading What’s for supper? Vol. 74: This is why everyone needs an Instant Pot

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The lady of Medjugorje is not your mother

In the Gospels, she says, “Do whatever He tells you.” In Medjugorje, she snickers and says, “You do you.” Forty-seven thousand times. Read the rest of my latest for The Catholic Weekly.

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HOW TO BE A HERO: TRAIN WITH THE SAINTS is fresh, clear, and useful

When Julia Harrell’s new book, How To Be a Hero: Train With the Saints (Pauline Kids, 2017) arrived in the mail, my shoulders slumped for a minute. I just didn’t expect much from it, based on the cover. Happily, my first impressions were way off! It’s a manual on the virtues for kids age 9-11 (although I… Continue reading HOW TO BE A HERO: TRAIN WITH THE SAINTS is fresh, clear, and useful

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Meanwhile, at The Psycho-Neurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous . . .

Let me give you a little background. One time, my mother opened the front door to let in a guest. My father darted through the house, opened a window in the back, and jumped out. This qualified as a brilliantly successful social situation, because he did not have to talk to the person he didn’t… Continue reading Meanwhile, at The Psycho-Neurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous . . .