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[March 31, 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

by Ken Maher
“The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.” So wrote the ever-observant Mark Twain with his trademark wit and wisdom … and more than a grain of truth.
April Fools’ Day is celebrated in the Western world on April 1 every year. It’s a day marked by jokes and hoaxes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, teachers, neighbours, work associates, etc. It can be a lot of fun—depending on which side of the joke you find yourself. …

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[March 14, 2011 | No Comment | ]

by Kelly Klages
Many stories and legends circulate about St. Patrick. Maybe you’ve heard how he is credited for driving all the snakes from Ireland, or how he explained the concept of the Trinity to the pagan druids using the three-leafed shamrock.
What we know for certain is that Patrick was born around 387AD of a high-ranking Roman family in Britain, and was abducted at the age of 16 by Irish raiders, forced into slavery in the land of his captors. Several years later, he escaped and returned to his native Britain, …

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[March 8, 2011 | One Comment | ]

by Andrew Craig
“I’m sorry, man, but I’ve got magic. I’ve got poetry in my fingertips. Most of the time – and this includes naps – I’m an F-18, bro. And I will destroy you in the air. I will deploy my ordinance to the ground. “
“What they’re not ready for is guys like you and I and Nails and all the other gnarly gnarlingtons in my life, that we are high priests, Vatican assassin warlocks. Boom. Print that, people. See where that goes. “
“I am on a drug. It’s called …

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[March 7, 2011 | 3 Comments | ]

by Manfred Zeuch
The colourful costumes, sensual atmosphere and overindulgence of Mardi Gras often presents a stark contrast to the Christian observance of Lent which immediately follows.
In any culture a society’s rites and popular feasts, such as Mardi Gras or Carnival, are opportunities for remembering joyful and painful events in private life and civic history.
These rites and feasts appear in all ancient cultures, so when the ancient Church introduced the period of Lent, with its fasting and austerity, society adapted a pagan rite as a “prelude” so rules could be broken …

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[February 20, 2011 | 11 Comments | ]

by Ken Maher
One of the first exposures I had to Justin Bieber came a few months ago. I sat amazed as his video of the song Baby enthralled and delighted my youngest daughter. As my precocious toddler danced through the living room, looking ever so much like the adoring teen-aged groupies on the screen, I knew Master Bieber had a new fan, although somewhat younger than he traditionally skews toward.
A couple of days ago, Justin Bieber picked up another fan well outside of his normal fan base. I won’t be dancing …

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[February 10, 2011 | One Comment | ]

by Edward Kettner
What is going on in the world? The news is filled with strange events—birds falling from the sky for no apparent reason; masses of dead fish washing ashore. It seems this winter has been extreme, with record- setting snow falls (called in various places “snowpocalyse” or “snowmaggedon”) alternating with periods of unseasonably warm weather. Are these signs of the end?
There is no doubt about it: people are obsessed with “The end of the world as we know it.” The REM song from 1987 (or at least its title) …

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