Tuesday, 19 May 2015

My Lucky Star

Despite my combox comments being constantly in moderation on Fr Z's Blog (I can't think why), he very kindly gave me one of his Gold Stars for the Day recently. This may never happen again, so I am going to post the screen-grab right here:

For the all-important context of this utterly vulgar remark, see the original blog post. 

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Yackity Yak (Don't Talk Back)

I am alive and also reasonably well; I've just been very busy. Meanwhile, forthcoming speaking and other engagements:

1) I'll be coming to the planned homeschoolers weekend retreat in July in Toodyay, just briefly, to give a talk (I think on the Saturday?).

2) Then I will give a presentation on the history of Claremont Hospital as part of the Glyde In Community Learning Centre's program. I've visited the Centre before; it's very beautiful and located in an enviously charming street in East Fremantle. They also run adult learning sessions on everything. (I've yet to see a session on nuclear physics, but I'm sure it's being planned).

3) At the end of August I will be attending the Dawson Centre Colloquium 2015 in Tasmania, and giving a presentation on 'Traction or Friction?' I am not going to say any more, because the rest of it is a surprise.

4) And then it's time for a well-earned holiday, so I thought we would exhaust ourselves by going to the UK for three weeks! The three of us have a very busy schedule planned, because this is Mike's first trip to Foreign Parts, so we will not be Visiting Friends (this time, at least - unless you're keen to stand near the M1 and wave as we drive past). No military museum will be safe.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Human Trafficking - 14 April

The good folks at the Dawson Society are having Peter Abetz to speak on this controversial topic on 14 April. Click on the image above to book your tickets.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Hurrah for Billy the Barber

Billy the Barber shaved his father
With a rusty razor
The razor slipped, and cut his lip -
Hurrah for Billy the Barber!

Actually, the hurrah in this case is for George Pell (courtesy of Damian Thompson in the Spectator). Is there any chance of getting Pell back here to replace Joe Hockey?

I am also a recent convert to the First Church of Anthony Esolen, so here is his latest on the self-inflicted priest shortage in the West.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Neuroplastic Explosive

Huzzah! New book out by Norman Doidge - the sequel to The Brain that Changes Itself:

The Brain's Way of Healing (2015)

I bought a copy on sale on Saturday, and finished reading it by Sunday evening - a staggering book, with recoveries that look miraculous, but are actually just good brain science. If it's not enough for you to read about the blind seeing and the deaf hearing and the lame walking, the chapter on autism is breathtaking, and offers real hope for people whose children are struggling with this.

I now want to lie in the sun and listen to Mozart, for the good of my health, for the rest of my life.

Meanwhile, In Other Headlines

This article by Rebecca Weisser is one of the few intelligent and sensible things I have seen in the Spectator recently about the current Abbott mess. (Simply waving pom-poms and chanting 'rah rah Tony' and denouncing any criticism as failures in groupthink is not helping. And yes, I AM looking at you, Rowan Dean et hoc genus omne.)

Meanwhile, I have been reading about someone called Rosie Batty, who is apparently the first woman in Australia ever to have experienced domestic violence. Thankfully she has been able to speak publicly about this, starting with her first press conference a few hours after her son was beaten to death by his estranged father. At last, after millenia of silence, the lid has been lifted on this abhorrent practice, and a woman has spoken out about her experiences. This is the only explanation I can come up with as to why she was given an uninterrupted platform on Q&A and then a standing ovation.

I am also watching with interest the downward trajectory of Australians of the Year. Next year, if we take this to its logical conclusion, the winner will be either Lara Bingle or that lesbian couple from last year's My Kitchen Rules. But probably not both.

Thank goodness also for Patricia Arquette, star of such films as Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Stigmata, Little Nicky, and Deeper than Deep (in which she played Linda Lovelace). When she was awarded an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress this year, Arquette very bravely devoted an entire sentence or two to the complex and mulitfactorial issue of why some people are paid more than others. Meryl Streep, one of Hollywood's highest paid actors of either sex, gave her a standing ovation. I look forward to the release of Arquette's comprehensive strategy outlining just how she intends to arrange for everyone to be paid exactly the same amount, regardless of sex, age, and abilities.

UPDATE: Thank goodness for Queensland Attorney General Yvette D'Ath. D'Ath reports that she is being briefed on how Queensland can introduce civil union legislation. This is despite the fact that Queensland already has a civil union scheme introduced by the Bligh government, which was then renamed as a 'registered relationship' scheme by the Newman government, which also got rid of the official ceremony part. So all the State government has to do is restore the official ceremony and original name. I think the technical term for this is 'low-hanging fruit', no pun intended.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Extremely Quotable Quote

In our time, when someone says, “I don’t agree with all of the teachings of the institutional Church,” you can bet your house that the disagreement has nothing to do with three Persons in one God, but rather two persons in one bed.
- says Anthony Esolen, in a crackingly good article on how to fix the so-called vocations 'crisis' and reverse the feminisation of Church culture.