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Tag Archives: 2011

Zooey and Joe ask “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”

In song, of course. Minutes after I posted my review of Joe’s book, I saw this video pop up on Twitter. I love it. Too cute.

Book Review: The Buddha in the Attic

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka (Knopf, 144 pages, 2011) I read a lot of books in 2011, but my favorite was Julie Otsuka’s The Buddha in the Attic. Prior to reading the novel I read a review in my local newspaper and was interested in the book’s setting—the West Coast, San Francisco, towns and cities in a state I know and love. But, the novel is not about San Francisco and therein lies the beauty. The names […]

Book Review: Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life

Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life by James Martin, S.J. (HarperOne, 272 pages, 2011) How many times have you walked into a church and seen a smiling saint? How many times have you heard that Jesus used a little humor to get his point across? I bet the answer to those questions is “rarely” or maybe even “never.” I’ve long said that I think God has a sense of […]

Book Review: mental_floss: The Book – The Greatest Lists in the History of Listory

mental_floss: The Book – The Greatest Lists in the History of Listory Edited by Ethan Trix, Will Pearson, and Mangesh Hattikudur (HarperCollins Publishers, 320 pages, 2011) Did you know that the term “tween” was coined by J.R.R. Tolkien or that Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 was originally called Catch-11? Why are Bellinis called Bellinis? What was the original purpose of Play-Doh? True to the magazine’s quirky and engaging style, the folks at mental_floss have released a compilation of some of their best […]

Book Review – The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day

The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day, Edited by Robert Ellsberg (Image, paperback, 752 pages, 2011)     June 19, 1973 We feel so powerless. We do so little, giving out soup. But at least we are facing problems daily. Hunger, homelessness, greed, loneliness. Greatest concern of the Bible is injustice, bloodshed. So we share what we have, we work for peace. (571) Dorothy Day’s words can easily be echoed today by the many working on the front […]

Music Review: This Winter’s Eve by Sarah Hart

 This Winter’s Eve by Sarah Hart (2011) The Christmas season is my favorite time of the year. It’s the season where San Francisco’s skyline is lit up in millions of tiny bulbs, our church’s altar is decorated with poinsettias, and a time where I can bring out my Christmas music collection and sing along to familiar carols and the occasional new tune. I love the sounds of Christmas, but rarely find new songs that add anything more to such a […]

Music Monday: Halloween Edition

Happy Halloween! I admit that I am not a fan of Halloween. Even as a little girl my parents practically had to drag me to do anything Halloween-related. But, truth be told, I love the video I’m posting up today and there is no better day than Halloween. And, just for kicks…one more…

Family Rosary Crusade 2011 in San Francisco in October

The 50th anniversary of the Family Rosary Crusade in San Francisco will be commemorated on October 15, 2011 at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza. In October 1961, Fr. Patrick Peyton’s Rosary Rally drew over 550,000 people (Catholics and non-Catholics) to the Polo Fields at Golden Gate Park (see video from event here). It marked one of the largest gatherings in this history of San Francisco. On October 15th the event will be commemorated with a rosary rally that will take […]

Matt Maher’s The Spirit and the Bride

There’s less than a month to go until the release of Matt Maher’s new album, The Love In Between. In June, Matt gave an In Between The Songs look at his new single “Turn Around” (now available on iTunes). In this recent behind-the-music video, Matt shares the thoughts behind his new song, “The Spirit and the Bride.” Revelation 22:17: The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let everyone who hears say, “Come.” The Love In Between hits stores on […]

Music Monday: “I Wonder” by Leeland

Leeland is back with a new album, The Great Awakening, set for release on 9.20.2011. Next Tuesday, the band will release an EP album with three of the songs from the new album. “I Wonder” is one of the tracks from the new album that will also be available on the EP. It is a a beautiful song. Leeland recently shared the first verse of this song on their Facebook page: At the stars in the night I wonder At […]

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