Why Do Kids Have Cell Phones?

Our son Chippy enters 7th grade this year.  In fact, at this very moment he is attending summer band camp at the Frost Middle School in Fairfax, VA where he will start his classes in September. He tells me that he “needs” a cell phone because “all his friends” have one.  I say, “Forget it, … Read more

The Suicide Watchmen

Via the Anchoress comes the story of an Australian man who patrols the cliff across the street from his home, hoping to coax potential jumpers away from the edge: In those bleak moments when the lost souls stood atop the cliff, wondering whether to jump, the sound of the wind and the waves was broken … Read more

Today is National Man Day

I had no idea this day even existed. I had to find out on the Facebook page of a 20-year old friend of mine.  Today — June 15, 2010 — is the second annual National Man Day. Started by three brothers as a Facebook page, the idea has caught on with men across the country.  … Read more

Ten Ways to Give the Internet a Soul

In a recent message on modern means of mass communication, Pope Benedict XVI asked us to “give the Internet a soul”:   Without fear we must set sail on the digital sea facing into the deep with the same passion that has governed the ship of the Church for two thousand years. Rather than for, albeit … Read more

The Facebook Revolution, Continued

Despite my snobish insistence on refraining from “any and all things Facebook” — I waste so much time on the IntraWebs as it is, I’m afraid of what might happen if I added FB to the mix — I could not let this story pass by without comment: Social networking website Facebook has capped a year of phenomenal … Read more

Archbishop Dolan: It’s a grand time to return to confession

Lent. It’s here already. My Shrove Tuesday fare was a bit subdued because I’m fighting a cold, but I managed to make my favorite pancakes. With only 7 tablespoons of flour and 1 cup of sour cream, it’s the perfect food for Fat Tuesday. But I’m not posting to tell you about my pancakes. A … Read more

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