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The 77’s 2014 Summer Tour – Free music, GREAT music 2

Every now and then a group that I really care about goes on tour. It is rare, but it happens. Even more rarely I am able to go and see them. Such is the case next Tuesday!  The 77’s, a group I have followed since the 80s, will be in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and […]


Mark Wahlberg is Michael Ballack

If you are like the majority of the world you have been following the World Cup. The US played remarkably well this past week and has a tough battle with Portugal this Sunday. What has perhaps impressed me even more, however is ESPN/ABCs coverage of the WC. It really has been very good with some […]

Ballack - Wahlberg

Pirlo_Brady

I don’t think people should swear or cuss at other people. I don’t like “God” peppered into conversation nor the use of JC as an exclamation. But there can be real relief and value in private expulsion of expletives. The great Italian footballer Andrea Pirlo states it perfectly.

Swearing’s my release. It’s the one weapon I have to defend myself against destiny when it elects to strike without pity.1

Pirlo provides a prime example when reflecting on the loss against Istanbul.

There are always lessons to be found in the darkest moments. It’s a moral obligation to dig deep and find that little glimmer of hope or pearl of wisdom. You might hit upon an elegant phrase that stays with you and makes the journey that little bit less bitter. I’ve tried with Istanbul and haven’t managed to get beyond these words: for f***s sake.

 

Footie skills aside, we even look a bit alike:Pirlo_Brady

  1. http://babb.telegraph.co.uk/2014/06/37-reasons-why-andrea-pirlo-is-the-worlds-greatest-living-human-man/ []

What’s on your gravestone? 3

The idea for this post came not really so much from reflecting upon the process of selecting Mack’s headstone, but on some recent conversations. People have a habit of using the phrase “I want my obituary to say…” as a way to express the impetus or motivation for their actions in life. “I want my […]

Mother and Child

There is nothing that can replace the absence of someone dear to us, and one should not even attempt to do so. One must simply hold out and endure it. At first that sounds very hard, but at the same time it is also a great comfort. For to the extent the emptiness truly remains unfilled one remains connected to the other person through it. It is wrong to say that God fills the emptiness. God in no way fills it but much more leaves it precisely unfilled and thus helps us preserve — even in pain — the authentic relationship. Further more, the more beautiful and full the remembrances, the more difficult the separation. But gratitude transforms the torment of memory into silent joy. One bears what was lovely in the past not as a thorn but as a precious gift deep within, a hidden treasure of which one can always be certain.

― Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Have a thought for the Goalie

I wrote this the other day and posted it on Mack’s site. It is World Cup time and I have been reading a bit about the beautiful game. When it comes to being the goalkeeper, Mack’s position, being the best doesn’t always help. A goalkeeper always loses. The Goalkeeper – The Mack Brady Soccer Fund

Mack and John watching Iker Casillas playing for Real Madrid v. Celtic. Mack is wearing his Iker Spain jersey.

By Michael Jantze http://jantzestudios.tumblr.com

What choice do we have?

When I was finishing high school and in my first year of college I went through some difficult times. I was melancholy, moody, in short, depressed. In the midst of that a well-meaning friend gave me a book Happiness is a Choice. I still have it on my shelf. The notion offended me. Why would […]


Why do angels dance on the head of a pin?

Earlier today I was listing my suggestions for summer reading and also commending the Dorothy L. Sayers essay “The Lost Tools of Learning” when I remembered this wonderful passage in that essay. Worth sharing again. A glib speaker in the Brains Trust once entertained his audience (and reduced the late Charles Williams to helpless rage) […]

Dorothy L Sayers portrait by William Oliphant Hutchison for National Portrait Gallery ca. 1950

Morning has broken.

Do not let your hearts be troubled.

The passage to the right is a portion of the Gospel reading for today, the Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year A, Revised Common Lectionary). The first thing that comes to my mind whenever I hear this passage is my Uncle Freddy. When the new versions (NIV, RSV, etc.) came out he insisted on the KJV for […]