The Tale of the Traveling iPad

Last week, for the Thanksgiving weekend, I stayed with my brother and sister-in-law in Syracuse, NY.  It was a glorious weekend, filled with family, fun, food, and an abundance of gluten-free pastry.  On Sunday afternoon I departed, and began the drive to Washington DC, for the Paulist General Council meeting.  Unfortunately, my iPad stayed behind

TV: Disappointment and Nostalgia

I’ve been thinking lately about the two opposite truisms of media: Nothing lasts forever, and everything lasts forever. Weirdly, these both seem to be the ongoing reality of modern consumer media. File under “Nothing Lasts Forever”: Within the last two weeks, two television shows that I really liked and respected received the pink slip from

Sugar skulls!

A Mexican tradition for the Day of the Dead (a.k.a. All Souls Day), these guys are really easy to make.  1 cup sugar, 1 tsp merengue powder, 1 tsp almond extract, 3 tsp water.  Mix until like wet sand, and press into skull molds.  Dry overnight, then decorate.  Fun! – Posted using BlogPress from my

Homily for Sunday September 26th, 2010

Lots of people apparently still believe that our society is subject to the Platonic notion that all we have to do is rationally show people the right thing to do, and they’ll do it. That what people are really experiencing is a lack of good, well-reasoned information. I think that people aren’t always that rational.

Happy Anniversary, Star Trek

It was 44 years ago that Star Trek premiered on NBC.  It would be hard for me to think of any other element of American culture that has had a more profound effect on me.  Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future was courageous, hopeful, and optimistic.  The very first episode, The Man Trap, was on