Under the Fedora Thoughts not on Twitter for 12/6/18

Every time I see a blog comment generated via facebook which starts I am making a real GOOD MONEY... I get a slightly smug feeling of satisfaction knowing that. I'm not on facebook I still approve comments by hand  Yeah it shortens the conversation and likely costs me hits as you don't get the instant … Continue reading Under the Fedora Thoughts not on Twitter for 12/6/18

Chick-Fil-A Conquers the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Leominster MA

Yesterday I spent my day off at the WQPH 89.3 FM Booth at Leominster's annual Johnny Appleseed festival held each year in honor of the most famous person ever born there. I spent the day promoting my book Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer (available here) , my radio show Your Prayer Intentions … Continue reading Chick-Fil-A Conquers the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Leominster MA

Ten Thoughts Under My Fedora: Chick-Fil-A vs the FedoraPhobic in NE, Dating advice & Trump SCOTUS pick

A new USA today survey names Chick-Fil-A as the #1 fast food restaurant in the US. As you might guess as soon as the article went up there were commentators urging people not to go there because they supposedly "hate gays". I submit and suggest that these very loud obnoxious people like the fedoraphobic ones … Continue reading Ten Thoughts Under My Fedora: Chick-Fil-A vs the FedoraPhobic in NE, Dating advice & Trump SCOTUS pick

Interviews with Immigrants Alvin from El Salvador, Maria from the Dominican Republic, Christian from Puerto Rico

The latest pair in my "interviews with immigrants" series is now up. First I spoke to Alvin, he is in his mid 20's and comes from El Salvador Of the immigrants who I've interviewed story was slightly different. The rest of his family was already here but he choose to remain home until the violence … Continue reading Interviews with Immigrants Alvin from El Salvador, Maria from the Dominican Republic, Christian from Puerto Rico

The Red Sox and Seattle Prove Why Baseball is THE Best Sport AGAIN

If you turned in early to the Red Sox Seattle game you saw a lot of offense. You saw the Mariners put up 4 in the top of the first and the Red Sox answer with five. Then Mariners put up six more meaning that Red Sox starter Stephen Wright, who had given up a … Continue reading The Red Sox and Seattle Prove Why Baseball is THE Best Sport AGAIN

Cause and Effect Being Armed edition

Noticed this interesting story from the AP & Time concerning civilian gun ownership: There are over 1 billion firearms in the world today, including 857 million in civilian hands — with American men and women the dominant owners, according to a study released Monday. The Small Arms Survey says 393 million of the civilian-held firearms, … Continue reading Cause and Effect Being Armed edition

Interviews with Immigrants Philippe from Haiti, Hanna from Iraq

As some of you might I have a "day" job that covers the bills since the finances of the blog have been a tad weaker than in the past. At said job the majority of the workforce was born outside the United States and English is not their first language. With Immigration a huge issue … Continue reading Interviews with Immigrants Philippe from Haiti, Hanna from Iraq

Curse? What Curse? or The a difference a Decade Plus makes

An interesting thing happened to me the day before yesterday. I work in a place with a lot of people who are either under 30 or not from the new England and are going absolutely mad about the upcoming world cup and completely excited at the prospect of it coming to the US in 8 … Continue reading Curse? What Curse? or The a difference a Decade Plus makes

Civics with Civility

Everywhere you look in the media the headlines are full of it. Incivility Reigns! Bullying! Cyber bullying! Mean Girls Rule! All there on the front page, all there on the splash, all there waiting for you to click on to see who said what about whom. Never mind if any of its true, never mind … Continue reading Civics with Civility

30 Tips to Stay Married 30 Years Today Tip: Ignore the Jones

Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's goods The 10th Commandment This is straight out of the Ten Commandments and is one of the most sensible bits of advice that a couple might get. In our consumer culture we are constantly bombarded with things we MUST have and even more importantly the idea that if our … Continue reading 30 Tips to Stay Married 30 Years Today Tip: Ignore the Jones

30 Tips to stay Married 30 years Today’s Tip: Maintain Surprise

King: Take it away, everyday the same thing. Variety! I want something different. Fix me Hasenpfeffer right away! Shishkabugs (Bugs Bunny short cartoon) 1962 One of the things that is often mentioned as a problem in relationships is the same old thing. Our consumer society pushes the dread of the same old thing for the … Continue reading 30 Tips to stay Married 30 years Today’s Tip: Maintain Surprise

30 Tips to Stay Married 30 Years Remember Marriage is Work

Prince Arthur: But if you all work all day every day when is the time for Adventure? Little John: Life is nine tenths work my boy and a little play when you can get it. The same in the greenwood as it is on the Lord's manor or in Nottingham town The Adventures of Robin … Continue reading 30 Tips to Stay Married 30 Years Remember Marriage is Work

A pause for a priority

At the time this is published, I’ll be in an unassuming little church on a side street off a New England city’s millyard. Lent draws to a close tonight and what’s known in my faith tradition as the Triduum begins. I’ll listen to familiar Biblical psalms, canticles, and lamentations, chanted in unfamiliar Latin as I … Continue reading A pause for a priority

30 tips to stay married 30 years. Don’t spoil the kids, particularly early.

It's time to bring up the subject of kids I was watching a video of my kids first couple of christmas' and in so doing what really jumped out at me was how the whole gift business seemed all about us rather than the kids. Every time the kid opened a gift they liked and … Continue reading 30 tips to stay married 30 years. Don’t spoil the kids, particularly early.

30 Tips to Stay Married 30 Years Have an Argument Escape Plan (and or let your spouse use their’s)

Peter and Val, a bit of advice, when you get into a fight, don't throw the expensive stuff. My Pal Roger on our wedding video. April 9th 1988 The last several tips have been about arguments and disagreements and this one is for when you are getting deep into an argument. There comes a time … Continue reading 30 Tips to Stay Married 30 Years Have an Argument Escape Plan (and or let your spouse use their’s)

30 Tips to Stay Married 30 Years: Today’s Tip Avoid Temptation and Suspicion

Katherine McLintock: Oh congratulations I don't want to seem prudish but if you are going to be marrying sheriff Lord you seem to be sitting on the wrong man's lap. McKlintok! 1963 I'm Married not Dead My dad, on many occasions When Mike Pence was first mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate he was … Continue reading 30 Tips to Stay Married 30 Years: Today’s Tip Avoid Temptation and Suspicion

30 Tips to Stay Married 30 Years, Today: Carefully Choose the Hills Worth Dying On

this is the companion of Don't sweat the small stuff. Carefully Choose the Hills Worth Dying On. While questions like Do you want a blue bedspread vs a yellow one? What type of flowers do we plant in the front Do you buy Tide or Gain to do the laundry? aren't worth a dispute things … Continue reading 30 Tips to Stay Married 30 Years, Today: Carefully Choose the Hills Worth Dying On

30 Tips to Stay Married 30 Years, Today: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Deputy: That them shootin'? Sheriff Langston: No, it's coming from those rocks. Deputy: Well, let's go. He ain't hittin' nothin'. Sheriff Langston: You idiot, he's hit everything he's aimed at! Deputy: Well, they ain't out of our jurisdiction 'til they reach the flattop. [Sheriff Langston's hat is shot off his head] Sheriff Langston: Today, my … Continue reading 30 Tips to Stay Married 30 Years, Today: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

30 Tips to Stay Married 30 years, Today’s tip: Angry Gifts.

Beloved, do not look for revenge but leave room for the wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Rather, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.” Romans … Continue reading 30 Tips to Stay Married 30 years, Today’s tip: Angry Gifts.

30 Tips to stay Married 30 years Today’s Tip: Pray

Rev John Witherspoon: Nowhere do you mention the supreme being. Why surely this is an oversight as how can we expect to win our independence without his help, therefore I humbly offer the following addition to your final paragraph: 'With the firm reliance on the protection of divine providence.' 1776 (1972) In the end any … Continue reading 30 Tips to stay Married 30 years Today’s Tip: Pray