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A Tiny, Brilliant Spark from The Vatican

Asked what it meant for him to “think with the church,” a phrase used by the Jesuit founder St. Ignatius, Francis said, “This church with which we should be thinking is the home of all, not a small chapel that … Continue reading

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Everything You Need to Know in Just 250 Pages!

Who could possibly be gullible enough to believe that the Explanation for Everything could be contained in 250 pages? Who would even think that human language could adequately  explain much of anything, even in the best 250 pages ever written? This is what I … Continue reading

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One-of-a-Kind Tree Ornaments with a Theme . . . Winter Solstice?

This year I decided to decorate my Christmas tree with Stuff From Outside. This is a broad definition, flexible and inclusive of anything I can come up with, because there’s not much outside right now that’s not brown, dormant, or just … Continue reading

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A Note on Hurricanes and Dumb People

OK, so another hurricane has hit the Gulf. Surprise, surprise. Here’s what irks me about it: 1) The people in the middle of Hurricane Isaac who called 911 to be rescued from their roofs, attics, etc. My question for them:  … Continue reading

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My Two Favorite Tourist Traps in Rome

You shouldn’t avoid tourist traps just because they are tourist traps. I know this because I have been to some really famous tourist traps and most of them were pretty great. One of these days I’ll make a couple of … Continue reading

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My Friend, Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens died yesterday. I had to type that sentence to become reacquainted with the fact. I didn’t know he was so close to death, so I was shocked this morning when I read it. Yes, Christopher Hitchens died yesterday. I feel … Continue reading

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A Poem for a Hot, Humid Saturday Night

(published in The Sun Magazine, 2011) by Brian Doyle On West Stark Street, In the City of Portland, In the State of Oregon, I tell you about your boy Jesus, A thin man says to me one day. Jew-boy. You … Continue reading

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