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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Phrase du Jour: Conrad Black's

Unlike some, I have bought wholesale into Lord Black. (What can I say, I'm a sucker for fine writing and a good vocabulary.) Read his piece in the National Post. You'll find, as you always do with him, an uncommon diction from an uncommon mind. And this bon mot:

I felt a sensation of hatred toward this ghastly mutation who thought it his righteous prerogative to disrupt the dinner of strangers and shout abusive comments on the sidewalk, but also pity for this pathetic interloper reduced to such depths of sociopathic impotence.

Besides its literary quality, the article also has spiritually poignancy, a good thought for a Sunday.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Stockland on Batman

Peter Stockland has an thought-provoking article today at Cardus - though I don't think I agree with a word of it. Please read it!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Posts of Note

I count it a great blessing that I still get emails from people who have discovered SCCB and would like their blog listed on it. I get about one email a week like this, it seems to me. Like you, I have my favourites from the list that I keep my eyes on and am always especially excited to see a new post from them appear.

I wish I had more time and ingenuity to donate to this project. As I've likely said before, one of my dreams is to have a quarterly newsletter mailing of 'best posts' from our bloggers. Yet, unfortunately, I have a job. Yes, alas, a job inconveniencing me in this time of global economic recession. If someone has the necessary software (Quark, InDesign, whatever) and know-how, I would be glad to supply the editing oversight. Oh yea, we'd need a investor donor too to cover the costs of at least the first few editions.


A new blog that I have recently added to the list is Team Orthodoxy. I like the idea of "Top Ten Tuesdays." Let's call it the Canadian version of Fulwiler's 7 Quick Takes Friday.

The Crossroads walkers are in Ontario now. Blogging on their behalf is a former student of mine - Pat Wilson. That he writes so well I take as a partial compliment. Come to think of it, he always wrote well, so never mind.

Archbishop Prendergast was over today and, yes, in addition to other things, we talked blogs. He never forgets his camera. Learn from him, fellow bloggers! (I know I need to. I never seem to remember mine.)


I am glad that not too many of us think summer vacation means a vacation from blogging. It's too hot to do anything else, anyway.

Maybe I should start watering my grass!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Another Canadian Gem from MacLean's

Lest we think we are, racially speaking, pretty good, which we usually do, or live under the illusion that secularism is a viable alternative to Christianity, or that socialism is good for the soul...

Comparing two statistics from that survey referred to in the previous post, you will find that, whereas Canadian households bring in an average of $68,560 per year, the average Canadian donates a mere $260 to charity a year. As the head of a family that has never pulled in that much money, I am appalled. Compare this with the $155 the average Canadian spends on lottery tickets, the $420 on pets, the $1990 on clothes - every year!

"How Canadian am I?" asks MacLean's...

Hopefully, not very!