As a rule, I seldom pay much attention to the Academy Awards. I say “seldom” instead of “never” because there are occasions when movies in a genre I am especially simpatico with are nominated that were conspicuously well done, e.g, the genre of fantasy as represented by Lord of the Rings. This year, the genre of docudrama, so well represented by the movie Spotlight, brilliantly directed by Tom McCarthy, about the award-winning work of the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” corps of investigative journalists who brought the child-abuse crisis in the Catholic Church to light in 2001, is such an exception, not only for what the heroic work of the Globe reporters revealed, but even more so for what it did not. The priest-pedophilia crisis is like dark matter / dark energy: the “visible matter” of the
From confidential academic sources, I have received an advance photocopy of the priceless and exquisitely fragile original manuscript of Sarah Palin's endorsement of Donald Trump, and -- after having spent countless hours over a hot keyboard and cold bourbon laboriously translating the text, often only marginally legible, from its original Aramaic and Syriac languages -- present herewith an annotated commentary on same, together with textual apparatus in aid of translating the text to modern colloquial English from the much more recondite semantic, syntactical, and semiotic conventions of archaic, middle-Bronze-Age GOPspeak. In order to preserve confidentiality, I must regretfully refrain from thanking the many people who materially assisted me ... with the notable of exception of my f
This week’s prayer practice is one a friend of mine taught me in the last couple of weeks. It is one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s practices called “Letgo.” After I began the practice I realized ‘Letgo’ has many similarities with the Examen and found that I was experiencing some of the same benefits. As I have begun to settle into this practice I have discovered my days to be calmer and more centered even when the world gets busy. I am able to separate what is important from what it is not. The most amazing thing is of the many of events and things I thought were important they just are not priorities any longer. Instead I am able to focus on what makes my life more enjoyable, beautiful and to just BE. So I offer this practice as my gift to your well Being.
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