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Archive for the 'Personal' Category

Veterans Day 2009: “Every Day Is A Bonus”

by @ Wednesday, November 11th, 2009. Filed under Holidays, In The News

I met a few of the representatives from Honor Flight and the veterans they were taking to the D.C. Memorials the last time Kellie and I were downtown with family giving “the tour.” It was sort of cool to see the look in these older guys’ eyes as they saw the sights. One of the […]

Happy Halloween

by @ Saturday, October 31st, 2009. Filed under Holidays

Just Say No To Trick Or Treating

by @ Saturday, October 31st, 2009. Filed under Holidays

I’m with Mark Jaquith: Halloween is my least favorite holiday (or rather, holiday eve). At its very best, it can be a celebration of the season and a diverse display of clever costumes. But more often than not, it’s about store-bought licensed character costumes, more candy than a person should ever eat in a year, […]

Another Crazy Christian Attacks Halloween As “Satanic”

by @ Saturday, October 31st, 2009. Filed under Dumbasses, Holidays, In The News, Religion

In an article that originally appeared at, but was subsequently removed, and which also appears at, Kimberly Daniels joins Pope Benedict in raving about the alleged evils of Halloween: The key word in discussing Halloween is “dedicated.” It is dedicated to darkness and is an accursed season. During Halloween, time-released curses are always […]

Pope Benedict Calls Halloween “Dangerous” And “Anti-Christian”

by @ Saturday, October 31st, 2009. Filed under Catholic Church, Dumbasses, Holidays, In The News, Religion

Don’t plan on trick-or-treating at The Vatican this year: The Vatican attempted to put a brake on the growing popularity of Halloween yesterday, branding it anti-Christian and dangerous. The condemnation follows criticism from Catholic bishops who this week urged parents not to let their children dress up as ghosts and goblins. The Vatican sHalloween is […]

It’s A Bob Dylan Christmas

by @ Friday, October 16th, 2009. Filed under Celebrities, Holiday Time, Holidays, Music

There are no words: Whereas most vocalists might prepare to record by getting plenty of rest and sipping warm tea with honey and lemon, Dylan sounds as if he just closed down the bars in Bethlehem with the Three Wise Men and then smoked some frankincense and myrrh as a nightcap. Heh H/T: Virginia Virtucon

Pennsylvania Town Bans Trick-Or-Treating

by @ Friday, October 9th, 2009. Filed under Dumbasses, Holidays, In The News

It’s for the children, you know: BOBTOWN (KDKA) – A small community in Greene County is embroiled in controversy after local officials decided to ban trick-or-treating this year. Instead, Bobtown will hold a four-hour Halloween party. Supervisors in Dunkard Township say they are taking the steps for safety reasons. The party will be held at […]

Yep, There’s Only One Of Me

by @ Saturday, March 28th, 2009. Filed under Blogging, Personal There are 1 or fewer people with my name in the U.S.A. How many have your name? Well, I can guarantee there’s at least one……. H/T: NoodleFood

A Friday Dog Pic

by @ Friday, March 27th, 2009. Filed under Personal, Tales Of The Dog

Every now and then when I’m at the computer, Riley jumps in my lap and demands that I pay attention to him

Historic Cleveland Catholic Parish Fights Closure Decision

by @ Wednesday, March 18th, 2009. Filed under In The News, Personal

Late last week, the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland announced the closing of several dozen churches throughout the diocese, but there’s one parish that isn’t taking the order to close sitting down: The altar, crucifix and lectern at St. Colman Church on West 65th Street were draped in purple for Lent. Funereal black would have been […]

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