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Archive for November, 2008

Simple Pleasures

Posted: Saturday, November 29th, 2008 @ 10:13 pm in Culture | 3 Comments »

Here is my wood stove from a few mornings ago. There is something very satisfying about using the heat you are already generating for your home, to also cook. On the stove is my tea pot, acting as a humidifier, my percolating coffee maker, and a pot of squash that will be used to make […]


Posted: Saturday, November 15th, 2008 @ 10:29 pm in Culture | 3 Comments »

There is an excellent article on culture, and its relation to technology and virtue by Professor Patrick Deenen at “The New Atlantis.” Mr. Deenen hits some of the issues I lamented a year ago when I wrote the post Bland Culture. Particularly the part about how modern culture has wiped out colorful local cultures and […]

Martinmas Update

Posted: Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 @ 11:47 am in Liturgical Calendar, Time After Pentecost | Comments Off on Martinmas Update

A quick update to my post below.  If you are in the Philadelphia area there is going to be a St. Martin’s parade for families on Friday the 14th starting around 6:00 PM.  The parade is organized by the German Society of Pennsylvania.  You can get details on the parade and directions here.  Sadly I […]


Posted: Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 @ 9:40 am in Liturgical Calendar, Time After Pentecost | Comments Off on Martinmas

Today is the Feast of St. Martin.  This was one of the greatest Feast days in Europe, rivaling even the Nativity of John the Baptist.  It was kept as a holy day of obligation in France (I don’t know if it still is, but I doubt it).  Due to its proximity to harvest time it […]

All Souls Mass

Posted: Monday, November 3rd, 2008 @ 11:03 pm in Liturgy | Comments Off on All Souls Mass

I had the good fortune to be able to assist at the mass at mass for the Commemoration of the Departed. I had never been to it before, and I must say it was quit moving. I did consider Ash Wednesday mass the most moving, but All Souls is right up there. Having the coffin […]