"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
What if you could give one last lecture before your life ended? What would you tell people?
Forty-six-year-old computer science professor Randy Pausch, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given only a few months to live, had just that opportunity. The result was gracious, good-humored, and quite inspiring.
We don’t watch a lot of television in our house but I do like the occasional game, especially early in the season when, in theory, everyone is tied for first place. The Girl Child was sitting to watch a little with me when a commercial came on and I promptly muted it. The problem is, you see, that the Girl Child can read and this is what happened next:
GC: “Life takes Visa”? No, it doesn’t. That’s so wrong. Me: Oh? What does life take? GC: Life takes love.
I cannot help but think that if that is her view of things, my wife and I cannot be doing as bad a job with her as I feared.
Holy Smoke is the Telegraph blog of Damian Thompson, the editor-in-chief of the Catholic Herald, who notes he once was described by Church Times as a "blood-crazed ferret." So of course it's good reading. Some entries: