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Monthly Archive for February, 2010

Watching other creatures

I could not help passing on this Peter Lennox bit from his blog. “Watching chickens is a very old human pastime, and the forerunner of psychology, sociology and management theory. Sometimes understanding yourself can be made easier by projection on to others. Watching chickens helps us understand human motivations and interactions, which is doubtless why […]

Orthodoxy Sunday

The first Sunday in Lent for Eastern Christians including, for example, both the Orthodox and Byzantine Catholics, is called Orthodoxy Sunday. The icon traditional for the day is an icon of icons celebrating the restoration of icons against super conservatives who were so conservative that they became heretics and tried to ban icons for fear […]

Lent means Spring!

Out the window delicious wet and heavy snow clings to everything like…like…a Disney movie! I remember being able to finally travel around some in my 20s and 30s and discovering that the Disney cartoon features were romanticized but based on real plants, mountains, streams. So it is with snow this Ash Wednesday. It looks like […]

What are “non-Catholics?”

A non-Catholic could be a Protestant, an Anglican, an Eastern Orthodox, a Jew, a Buddhist, an atheist, a Hindu, a … well, you see what I mean. Calling someone a non-Catholic is the Catholic equivalent of bigotry that we find in evangelicals who cannot bring themselves to accept Catholics as “Christian.”  But Catholics have their […]

A Failed Generation?

I wonder if my generation is one that must openly admit that it has failed? It seems to me that the generations ahead of mine were proud, even cock-sure that that they had done a great job and rather expected a generation like mine not to do as well. Maybe I have internalized that. But […]

Imre Kertesz, a Hungarian Jew, writer, and survivor of the Shoah, and Nobel Prize winner in literature, turns out to have been a teen age friend of Abraham Golek, a Polish Jewish friend who died last November in Israel. Abraham was a wisdom figure in my life since we met in 1990. I have kept […]