What’s Up With Downton?

The season finale of “Downton Abbey” has come and gone, and anecdotal evidence suggests that half of America’s TV viewers might never be the same. What will become of Branson? Is Edith really going to have an affair with a married man? And Matthew—why must Matthew have been killed?! The...

Sister Rose–in the news!

You never know what’s going to happen when you leave here for the weekend. I was exploring  Twitter yesterday and came across our freelancer Maria Lourdes Scaperlanda’s congratulatory note to St. Anthony Messenger’s film reviewer Sister Rose Pacatte, FSP. Our good friend Sister Rose, I...

Take Five: A Joyful Noise Quiet

I lost a friend last week and still feel the emptiness associated with grief of someone who touched me deeply. Well, I say “friend,” but honestly those feelings of friendship were really one-sided, and based solely on one sharing of a very special summer afternoon. Jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck...

Gifts for Giving

As I write, it’s 80 degrees and sunny here in Florida. It will be my first Christmas ever without the cold and snow, which is really strange (nice, but strange!). It’s been hard to even realize that it is December, since every day just feels like summer. But Christmas it is, and it’s...

‘The Heroin Diaries’

I recently finished reading Nikki Sixx’s “The Heroin Diaries,” and I cannot stop thinking about it. The book is a collection of diary entries written by Sixx, the bass player for Mötley Crüe, between 1986-87 at the height of the band’s popularity. The entries, which then are...

The Pleasure of Reading—It’s All in Your Head

Have you ever been to the beach or on a week-long vacation with that book or books into which you’ve been dying to dive? Did you notice how your whole being seemed to be wrapped up into that experience of reading, how you were transported in a way that doesn’t happen when you’re home and handling all...

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