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RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez did not die today. Instead, it was his illegitimate grand nephew, Gabriel Garcia Garcia Marquez, who was eerily like him, except where the one was merely careless, the other was cruel — or is it the other way around, in the end? Marquez (the other one), who was born at some point when… Continue reading RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Protected: Podcast #16: Reporticus Shutupicus!

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The speaker you need is Simcha J. Fisher!

Planning a conference, retreat, lecture series, or any other event that needs a speaker? I’m pretty sure you’re looking for me, and I have some open spots on my calendar. I have several years of experience, and have given talks at every kind of event, from enormous conferences drawing audiences in the thousands, to a… Continue reading The speaker you need is Simcha J. Fisher!

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Fr. Zosima on active love

Time to re-read The Brothers Karamazov again, don’t you think? Any time someone asks me to name a book that changed my life, Brothers K is top of the list. I linked to the Constance Garnett translation, since that’s the one I first encountered in college. I’m open to suggestions! See The Translation Wars for… Continue reading Fr. Zosima on active love

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How do you keep Easter going for fifty days?

Happy Easter! Christ is risen! Alleluia! Remember, the Church is not like Walmart. We don’t celebrate a holiday for a day and then tear everything down the very next day as if it never happened. The Easter season lasts for fifty days, until Pentecost. So, how do we observe Easter? I realize that some of… Continue reading How do you keep Easter going for fifty days?

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Christ is risen and the demons are cast down!

Let all pious men and all lovers of God rejoice in the splendor of this feast; let the wise servants blissfully enter into the joy of their Lord; let those who have borne the burden of Lent now receive their pay, and those who have toiled since the first hour, let them now receive their… Continue reading Christ is risen and the demons are cast down!

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The perfect version of this work

Today, I wanted to put together a collection of music for Holy Week. Music posts always take far, far longer than I expect, because I know exactly what I want the music to sound like, but it takes forever to find the best version — if it even exists anywhere besides in my head. I was looking for… Continue reading The perfect version of this work

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Guest post: I was the perfect Catholic wife. It didn’t fix my abusive marriage.

[ADMIN: Today’s post is by a friend who wants to remain anonymous. I am grateful to her and to so many survivors of abuse who want to help protect others who are suffering and who feel so alone.] “The first affairs were only about sex,” he said. “It was the last one, where he thought… Continue reading Guest post: I was the perfect Catholic wife. It didn’t fix my abusive marriage.

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Couch to 5K lives up to the hype

Here’s an entire post about the Couch to 5K running training program. You’ve been warned! If you don’t want to read the whole thing, here’s the short version: I was just about ready to lie down and die, but now I feel much better, physically, mentally, and emotionally, and you can, too. How it works: We downloaded the free app… Continue reading Couch to 5K lives up to the hype

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Protected: Podcast #15: Completely Meat Chocolate Pie

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