Miscellaneous

Every year in August I have a series of special days. First, the 22nd (Queenship of Mary) is the anniversary of my reception into the Church. Then comes my birthday. Then, on the 26th, it is the anniversary of my wife’s death. Renee passed eighteen years ago today after a two-month battle with colon cancer. […]

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A reader writes: Hi, Jimmy, You square dance. What is an old brass wagon and why would it circle to the right and left so much? Let me take a guess at the context in which the reader encountered the old brass wagon . . . it was at a grade school or grade-school aged […]

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(from my blog Old World Swine)   Well, life is full of surprises, ain't it? Remember a while ago, when I was asking readers to send in their impressions of the local and personal effects of the recession and the stock market crash? I made my own observation at the time that I was seeing […]

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I want to wish everyone a blessed celebration of Mary, Mother of God and also a Happy New Year. I'd also like to share some good news and thank everyone who has been praying for my close non-Catholic relative. I'd also like to give a special thank you to SDG and Tim J, who have […]

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MSNBC reports on research that – shockingly – concludes that we judge our own moral lapses more leniently than those of others. We tend to give ourselves a break when it comes to our moral failings, where we tend to shake our heads and "tsk, tsk" the same kind of things in other people. This […]

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The first featured speaker at the 27th Annual G.K. Chesterton Conference (which also marked the 100th anniversary of Chesterton’s Orthodoxy) was David Zach, a Futurist. Well, American Chesterton Society president Dale Ahlquist said some things first, but graciously yielded the podium after numbers of us began to stretch and look at our watches, while others […]

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Hey, Tim Jones, here. I can’t hope to give an adequate description of my experiences at the 2008 Chesterton Conference (my first) without writing some kind of book, I can only – by way of apology – say with Inigo Montoya "Let me ‘splain… No, there is too much… Let me sum up…". I’ll try […]

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I want to thank Mark Shea both for calling my attention to a set of loony criticisms being made against me and for defending me against said loony criticisms. GET THE STORY. Here’s a key excerpt from Mark’s blog: One reader, for instance, prophesies (on the basis of nothing whatsoever) Jimmy Akin’s looming apostasy. Why? […]

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Driven to Pray

by Jimmy Akin

in Miscellaneous

Hey, Tim Jones, here. From my Blog – Old World Swine; I’m not a morning person. I’m really not. Waking up for me most days is something like coming out of anesthesia after surgery. This has sometimes made me feel like a slacker when I hear others talking about how they are up at 4:00 […]

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My car is a wonder of modern American disposable engineering. A cheap compact with no frills and over 140 thousand miles, it astounds and delights me every time the engine cranks over (I am part Scot). Lately, in addition to various other mysterious signs of aging, the speedometer just stops working at random. Mostly it […]

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