Sorry for the radio silence, my friends. I had a little visitor on Monday (pictured above). Then caught a flu/cold, and have been one lazy chica ever since. Also, I can't talk.
First and foremost! Today is the feast of St. Andrew, which means it is time to begin the annual St. Andrew's Novena. I can't ever recall starting this outside of Advent, but, well, here we are. You'll find the prayer, and a short explanation for why I love it, here.
All I want for Christmas is a Tomie dePaola Print (the proceeds of which help fund Regin Laudis Abbey restoration). (Tomie dePaola)
Did you know it is the 500th Anniversary of the Sistene Chapel? (WSJ)
Phillip Pullman has translated / re-written the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. Here's a review from The University Bookman.
Brilliance from Tony Esolen. And satire from Tony Esolen. (Crisis and CWR respectively)
Before the turducken. (My Vintage Books Collection)
This apartment is perfect. (Miss Moss)
This is what "Fug the Fromage" was made for: Liz & Dick. Also, long live turbans! (Go Fug Yourself)
Scanwiches has been doing a series of James Beard sandwiches and they all look amazing. (Scanwiches)
Popes who smoke (First Things)
The Little Prince in Braille! (Maud Newton)
These cold-weather salads all look amazing. (Eat Boutique)
ACME Product Catalog (via Lines and Colors)
I stumbled upon this great collection of thoughts from First Things authors about marriage and sex from October's issue. Eve Tushnet's piece (2nd from the end) is the only one I read in full, because...wow:
"Each vocation has its own characteristic loneliness—a crown of thorns as well as a crown of stars. Loneliness is an intrinsic element of marriage. It’s intrinsic to the life of a religious community. For me, there’s the difficulty and unaccountability of living alone and the poignance of watching my friends marry. None of these lonelinesses are signs of failure as long as you are still willing to extend yourself in love toward God and others.But if you only read one thing this whole week: read this. (Slate)
The fear and loneliness of love can be borne more easily when our vocations are publicly acknowledged and honored. When people feel that their sacrifices are ignored or mocked, it’s much harder to continue. Over the past century, marriage, priesthood and religious life, and friendship have all lost a great deal of societal honor. The sacrifices are just as necessary as they always were. If we want people to make them, though, we need to honor them."