I knew that I would have a lot of free time on my hands during my 5 days in New Orleans (my husband, John, and his team made the bridge Grand Nationals, […]
"Exceptionally serious crimes": pedophilia and the ordination of women
The Latin phrase “graviora delicta” translates into English as “exceptionally serious crimes.” On Thursday, July 15, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican council that Pope Benedict XVI headed […]
Cleveland: farm team to the world
Well, the “suspense” is over. LeBron is joining the international party circuit in Miami. I, for one, am glad it’s over. I’m not glad LeBron’s leaving, but the hoopla was getting to […]
Security as product placement
As Jack Bauer finishes his complete melt-down at the end of his eighth season, I’ve had 2 revelations: 1) he seemed to confirm 3 weeks ago the opinion of experts that torture […]
National Day of Prayer
I just read Cathy Lynn Grossman’s essay on “Is it the ‘National Day of Pray Our Way Only’ now?“. For those of you who missed it last week (myself included), US District […]
Someone's going to end up dead
I’ve been thinking and reading a lot about anger. Not just recently, but for a long time. One of the joys of studying history, I suppose. The current waves of anger and […]
Some of us are heading in the right direction. . .
Finally, in an era of national standardized tests (that I am not arguing in favor of—I am just acknowledging their reality), there is a growing realization that there should be a common set of educational standards. The only two states that are not participating in the process are Texas and Alaska (but more about that later).