"He instinctively can find the shining greatness of our American culture and does a good job of highlighting it (although he also does have those rare lapses when he writes about hockey, but that is something caused by impurities in the Eastern waters or something)." Erik Keilholtz
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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
In 1952, Charles Addams was among seven prominent representatives of the entertainment and museum worlds invited to choose favorite artifacts from the collections at the University of Pennsylvania's museum. He chose these.
Another Penn alum given to celebrating Halloween in style is Amy of Seacoast N.H., whose pumpkin is lit and whose guests may be, too. #
[W]hen people advance their moral viewpoints in the public square, they are not imposing anything on anyone. They are proposing. That’s what citizens do in a democracy—we propose, we give reasons, we vote. It’s a very strange doctrine that would silence only religiously grounded moral viewpoints. And it’s very unhealthy for democracy when the courts—without clear constitutional warrant—deprive citizens of the opportunity to have a say in setting the conditions under which we live, work, and raise our children.Mary Ann Glendon
He liked everything at the right time- Dinner at dinnertime, Lunch at lunchtime, Breakfast in time for breakfast, And sunrise at sunrise, And sunset at sunset, And at bedtime- At bedtime, he liked everything in its own place- The cup in the saucer The chair under the table The stars in the heavens, The moon in the sky, And himself in his own little bed.
From MISTER DOG The Dog Who Belonged to Himself By Margaret Wise Brown Illustrated by Garth Williams
Shepherd celebrated the uncelebrated, he championed the loser. He was surely bred for it. Born in Chicago, raised 20 miles south in grimy Hammond, Ind., young Shep was loyal to the hapless White Sox. They were the only team so forlorn that their fans actually envied the Cubs' fans; who, as Shepherd said, somewhat hyperbolically, "haven't won a pennant in the recorded history of mankind"; whose all-time best player (Shoeless Joe Jackson) was banned from the sport on charges of fixing the 1919 World Series.
So a White Sox kid quickly learned to identify with those who failed most artfully, like Zeke "Banana Nose" Bonura, a lumbering first baseman with the highest fielding percentage in the league - because, Shep explained, the guy couldn't get to a ground ball, so he never dropped it. "Zeke had a fielding radius of seven-and-a-half inches.... Zeke Bonura has not flagged down a ground ball since 1934, when he was eight." When there was little else to honor, he cheered the gristly sound of a player's name. "Mike Kreevich - that's a name! This is a name that's made out of old red bricks. Used bricks - the kind of bricks you buy at the lumberyard. Got chunks of tar hanging on it, and old concrete; pieces of straw and other things, can't even discuss it. I remember Mike Kreevich standing out in center field, with tobacco juice squirting out of both ears. He's just standing there; he looks like a fireplug with feet."
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"Let's Go Go Go White Sox" by Captain Stubby and the Buccaneers and "Chicago" played by Nancy Faust on the old Comiskey organ are among the Pale Hose fight songs at FlyingSock.com. Be sure to scroll down for more Nancy Faust favorites.
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Shoeless Joe Jackson is still a hero in his South Carolina hometown, according to a report, with photos, by Stan Grossfeld.
Scroll down here for audio of Holy Cross fight songs. With the lyrics you can sing along.
From HC Magazine: A cover piece on the Lost Season of '69, canceled when the football team caught hepatitis * A mystery solved in the disappearance of a WWII flier * And the past glories of HC athletics revisited.
Professor Dershowitz, who would be your choice and why?
Alan Dershowitz: Well, I would appoint a woman named Mary Ann Glendon, who is quite conservative, Republican, but very sensitive to human rights. She is a true conservative, rather than an authoritarian or a statist…
"If a woman could be made pope, she'd be my candidate," Dershowitz said. "She brings to bear all the best of religion and secular thinking. Whenever I get upset about religion, which happens from time to time, I think about Mary Ann Glendon and I remember the virtues of a religious perspective."
A fine profile done on her in the Globe some years back had her as a political independent, formerly a Democrat. Her "compassionate iconoclasm" won her kudos in the alternative Phoenix. Her book on Eleanor Roosevelt drew good reviews.