Recent stories in the news about sexual assault (Dennis Hastert, Baylor University, Bill Cosby, etc.) have been inappropriately using the term “sex scandal” to describe the events. Let me be clear. Sexual assault is not a scandal, it is a … Continue reading Stop referring to violent crime as “sex scandals”
In about a half an hour a man will attempt a highwire act above Niagara Falls. The community has been abuzz for weeks. What if he falls? ABC is televising it? Will he be tethered? The man in this photo … Continue reading Highly Unimpressed
Our journey begins! The above video is the first session of the A Place at the Table companion DVD. If you don’t yet have it I highly recommend ordering it. It’s perfect for small groups or even family or personal … Continue reading A Place at the Table: Days 1-10
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Earlier this season we began the Ho-Ho-Horrible Christmas Song Countdown, a fun way to identify the worst Christmas song of all time. Bruce Springsteen’s version of “Merry Christmas Baby” was one of the songs nominated for the countdown. This bluesy … Continue reading The 12 Tunes of Christmas – Day 3
An article in this morning’s New York Times outlines how social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have caused many people to turn away from blogging as a way of expressing themselves to a global internet audience. Many former … Continue reading Is blogging dead?
I think about this place a lot. I got to bed quite often wondering if I should have posted something – anything – before I called it a day. But I’m not sure who even comes by this way anymore. Is it worth the effort? Continue reading I might blog more.
It was announced earlier today that Tiger Woods will make his return to the PGA Tour at the Masters Tournament in April. This marks the first time Tiger has entered a tournament since his numerous extra-marital affairs became public following a bizarre traffic accident in November. The Masters is by far my favorite golf event of the year. It’s scheduled viewing in our home and has been ever since Tiger pulled on his first green jacket at age 21. The Masters is a great tournament that always showcases the world’s best golfers on one of the sport’s premiere stages. But … Continue reading Tiger’s Back!
Yesterday we had one of the neighborhood kids over for dinner. As he and Josiah were savegely biting the heads of dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets, leaving their headless carcases in a pool of barbeque flavored blood, I asked him about what he learned in school that day. He told me that he learned about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. When I asked him for specifics he mentioned that he learned about how she was brave, and that she fought for what she believed in by helping slaves escape to freedom. When I asked him if his teacher had mentioned … Continue reading Underground and out of mind in Rochester city schools?
On Memorial Day, in an effort to pay tribute to those soldiers who lost their lives fighting in Iraq, I posted a list of every U.S. casualty from the beginning of the war until now. The list contained 4,300 names, including the age, rank and city of origin of each soldier. If you would like to view that list you can do so here. Continue reading In Memoriam.
Our fair city turns 175 today! Continue reading Happy Birthday Rochester!
Just in case you needed to have your soul yanked through your tear-ducts this afternoon. Continue reading Merry Christmas Kensley
All eyes are likely to be on Barack Obama tonight as he addresses the American public during a half-hour block of time his campaign has purchased from the major networks. (Unless, of course, you’re a big fan of ABC’s Pushing Daisies. Then you’re in luck!) Many people are wondering what tonight’s program will look like. Will we get a schmaltzy biographal treatment of Obama’s life history? Will Obama speak directly to the American people? (Whatever you do, don’t stage it like a Presidential address!). Who knows what the campaign has in mind. But one thing is for sure, SNL’s vision … Continue reading The Barack Obama Variety Half-Hour
Tracy lost her house to foreclosure. She attended the auction to say “goodbye” to her home. When Marilyn Mock saw her crying, she asked her what was wrong. When Tracy told her, Marilyn bought her house and gave it back to her. Continue reading Today’s Oprah Moment
I completely missed the boat in posting this year’s Austin City Limits lineup at the beginnig of the season. Hopefully you caught R.E.M.’s performance a couple weeks ago! This week features Jakob Dylan performing material from his solo album Seeing Things. Here’s a preview: Continue reading Austin City Limits: Jakob Dylan
Here’s a little treat for fans of Burlap to Cashmere. Lead singer, and primary creative talent behind the band, Steven Delopoulos has released a ten song collection of B-Sides for free download on NoiseTrade. You can sample the songs below by clicking the cover artwork. Continue reading As If Love Was a Sword
We adopted him yesterday. He’s a 2-year-old AKC certified Black Lab. He’s extremely well behaved and very gentle. He’s leash trained, so Josiah can walk him and he doesn’t pull him around – even when encountering other dogs. He also stays right by your side if he’s outside with you and doesn’t try to leave the yard. He’s a big boy with an even bigger bark that will definitely intimidate intruders, but he’s about as gentle as can be. We’re sure he’s going to be a great dog and an even better playmate for the boys as they grow up … Continue reading Meet Boomer.
So did anyone else (maybe some Nyack Alumni?) recognize the spot where Jim proposed to Pam on Thursday’s episode of The Office? Call me crazy, but I’m pretty sure that’s the last rest stop on the Palisades Parkway before the George Washington Bridge. Continue reading Jim’s proposal … on the Palisades?
I meant to get to this earlier in the week, but better late than never! So if I had to pick a headline for Week 2 it would be :THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT! For one, it’s a great tune. And secondly, apparently Aaron Rogers doesn’t suck. Either does Eddie Royal for that matter. Turns out the Jets aren’t poised to become the team to beat in the AFC East. Anyone still catching their breath after that Monday night game? Will Ed Hochuli ever work a game in San Diego again? The Dolphins are still winless, and will be until they … Continue reading NFL Recap: Week 2
Alright gang. We’re closing on the house today, and moving tomorrow (anyone want to help?). So I’m not going to be online until Wednesday at the earliest. Try not to hurt each other while I’m gone. Continue reading BRB…
As your resident cheerleader for all things Rochester, you’d think I’d be excited by the news this week that our fair city will be regularly featured on national television starting in 2009. But since the exposure will come via the A&E show Crime 360, you’ll have to pardon me if I’m a little less than elated. “Rochester was chosen because of the outstanding cooperation between the RPD and its law enforcement partners in investigating and solving crimes as well as prosecuting the guilty,” program producer Robert Curran said in a printed statement. “The Rochester Police Department takes every homicide personally … Continue reading Not exactly the exposure I was hoping for…
“I’m not home a lot, so Michelle is usually willing to give it up,” the Democratic senator from Illinois said. – Associated Press Yup. I do believe I’ve stumbled upon a fun new regular feature! 😆 Continue reading Out of context…
Band ho! It appears as though the new U2 album, reportedly titled No Line on the Horizon, is scheduled for release on November 14th. Not enough to hold you over? How about the newly released version of their first album Boy – complete with live tracks and unreleased rarities! You can listen in the Imeem player below. Continue reading New U2 album “On the Horizon”
I’ve let my Blog Fodder folder get way out of hand. Time to purge… Fujitsu’s wooden laptop: The case for this “environmentally friendly” laptop is made out of cedar wood. Its components are made of “bio-plastics.” Could this be the way of the future? My new, new hero: Remember those kids who paid for their school lunches in pennies? They’ve got nothin’ on this college student who paid his tuition in change out of protest for the school’s no credit policy. Mother “trains” 12-year-old daughter to be dominatrix: A mother and her boyfriend were indicted on charges that they trained … Continue reading Blog Fodder: May-July
Randy Pausch, whose highly inspirational “Last Lecture” became an internet sensation, died today at his home in Virginia. Given this sad news, it seems appropriate to post a version of the lecture he gave on Oprah several months ago. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family, especially his three beautiful children who were the inspiration for the lecture. Continue reading Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture”
You gotta admit, Ron Paul is one tenacious S.O.B. After failing to get out of the starting gate in the race for the Republican nomination – despite amassing an impressive grassroots following – the old codger has decided to challenge the entire Republican party to a duel at ten paces. Sort of. It was announced this week that Paul has decided to move his “Rally for the Republic” to the 18,000 seat Target Center in Minneapolis. The event will take place from August 31st through September 2nd. For those paying attention, that’s right when the GOP Convention is taking place … Continue reading Coup de Paul?
I promise, I’ll lay off the Obama posts for a little while. But this one was just too good to pass up! Presidential candidate Obama to sponsor Cup car at Pocono race SI.com has learned that for the first time in history, a major presidential candidate may sponsor a race car in NASCAR’s premier series. According to sources, Barack Obama‘s campaign is in talks to become the primary sponsor of BAM Racing’s No. 49 Sprint Cup car for the Pocono race on August 3. Details of the agreement are expected to be worked out over the coming days. Continue reading BREAKING NEWS: Obama courts the redneck vote?
There it is folks. Wal-Mart’s Walmart’s brand new logo. They’ve dropped the hyphen and even have a new slogan. “Save Money. Live Better.” Seriously, Walmart is now blatantly promising us all a better life! (Shh… don’t tell their uninsured employees or third world manufacturers. The joke’s on them!) The new look definitely sheds the clunky, “industrial” feel of its predecessor. This one makes me think “clean, energy efficient” which is no doubt what they’re going for. Will the new look give Walmart the image boost they need? Continue reading New Logo, New Image for Wal-Mart (er, I mean Walmart)
I’ve you’ve been watching Last Comic Standing this season (Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?) you’ve no doubt seen the “Christian acoustic duo” known as God’s Pottery. Freaking hilarious. Last night they performed their tribute to abstinence titled “The Pants Come Off When the Ring Goes On.” I wish there was video up of that tune, but I haven’t been able to find it yet. In the meantime here’s their Rosh Hashanah tune “A Brand New Start with Christ.” Continue reading God’s Pottery
If you go to the Drudge Report today you’ll notice a graph charting the Dow Jones losses for the day (updated by the minute) with the ominous headline “FEAR…” below it. At quick glance one would assume the Dow Jones is on the brink of collapse and it might be time to panic. Now before you go and sell all of your stocks – or worse yet, jump off a bridge – let me offer a little perspective: Continue reading Fear v. Perspective
This afternoon the new issue of RELEVANT Magazine hit my mailbox. I gave it the usual quick once-over, but this time I noticed something. I was thoroughly underwhelmed with the prospect of reading the new issue. I used to be excited when the new issue of RELEVANT arrived, but today my reaction was a barely audible “meh.” I’ve been a subscriber for the better part of four years now. Maybe longer, I’ve lost track. But I’m finding myself reading it with much older eyes than I did in my mid-20s. And as such, it’s become considerably less … well … … Continue reading I think I’ve officially outgrown RELEVANT Magazine
I’m seeing this! Continue reading Right this very moment …
Remember the time when my father found a severed human foot on the shore of Lake Ontario? Well, apparently it’s becoming a trend! Mystery surrounds severed feet in Canada Investigators are pursuing a variety of theories in their quest to unravel the mystery of six human feet that have washed up on the shores of the Canadian province of British Columbia in the last 11 months. The sixth foot turned up Wednesday — a right foot in a man’s size 10 black Adidas athletic shoe, police said. As in the previous cases, however, immediate answers as to the foot’s origin … Continue reading More severed feet?
Found this on Christianity Today’s website today. I found it pretty touching. So let’s use this as an opportunity for discussion topic shall we? Have you/would you ever consider adopting a child from another country? Would you adopt a special needs child? A child of another race? What about the adoption needs in our own country, in your own community? Have you ever considered opening up your home to help meet those needs? Continue reading Taking a Chance on Fu Yang
First things first. The official soundtrack to this post. I almost checked in to bed last night at halftime. The Celts looked sluggish and demoralized. I figured they’d mail it in the second half and we’d be all tied up heading into Sunday’s Game 5 match up. But for some reason I couldn’t turn it off, and they kept inching closer to erasing the Lakers’ 24-point lead. Props to Paul Pierce for completely shutting Kobe Bryant down. Dan Wetzel wrote a great piece about how Pierce told Doc Rivers that he wanted to be assigned to Kobe at halftime, and … Continue reading Shut ‘Em Down!
Props to Ken Griffey Jr. for becoming the latest member of baseball’s 600 Home Run Club. Bonus props to him for being the only modern player in that club who was never implicated in Major League Baseball’s steroid scandal. The fact that Griffey reached this milestone quietly, without the use of steroids, and while enduring an injury plagued career speaks volumes as to his character and work ethic. It’s a great moment for Griffey, and a great moment for Major League Baseball. I love Ken Griffey Jr. When I was a kid he and Don Mattingly were my two favorite … Continue reading “The Kid” hits 600!
In the spirit of the NBA Finals. Continue reading The hick from French Lick
Upstae New York beer drinkers who enjoy the Saranac line may want to stockpile their favorites while they still can. The Matt Brewing Company brewery in Utica – makers of the Saranac line and their much nastier tasting older brother Utica Club – burned down yesterday. Interesting side note. Utica Club, or “Uncle Charlie” as it’s affectionately known locally, was the first beer sold legally following prohibition. So we lost a little bit of beer history in the fire as well. The company says they will continue production at another brewery while they rebuild. But I imagine there will be … Continue reading Get your Saranac while you still can!
Seriously, would somebody please let Sidney Crosby and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins know they are in the Stanley-freaking-Cup Finals? You gotta score goals to win fellas. Losing Games 1 and 2 by a combined score of 7-0 ain’t exactly getting it done. And Sid. Sid! Seriously man, it isn’t just Penguins fans who are relying on you to get your fanny in gear. It’s the entire NHL! You do know that they market you as the second coming right? You do know that the league still hasn’t recovered from the lock out right? (I mean, Games 1& 2 … Continue reading Let’s talk Stanley Cup Finals
An entire website with nothing but quotes from The Office. You are welcome. Continue reading The Office – Quotes
STDs Running Rampant In Retirement Community Doctors said sexually transmitted diseases among senior citizens are running rampant at a popular Central Florida retirement community, according to a Local 6 News report. … “I have had a better dating life since I have been here than I have ever had,” Franklin said. “I know there are things going around.” A doctor blamed Viagra, a lack of sex education and no risk for pregnancy for the spike in sexually transmitted diseases at The Villages. “All I can repeat are the things I have heard which are things like, ‘Should I bring the … Continue reading This week in unfortunate headlines
Tomorrow night is the season finale of The Office. What are your season ending predictions? And remember when Pam talked to the guy above about considering New York or Philadelphia for graphic design? Could the blogger speculation be true? Could that really have been Jim in disguise? Especially when you consider his mannerisms when he says “some amazing programs” around the 20:15 mark!?! Hmm. Could Jim be putting a bug in Pam’s ear about considering relocating to New York? Especially when Ryan has to take a leave of absence to get treatment for his newfound drug problem? Will Dwight and … Continue reading New York or Philadelphia? – Make your Office predictions!
Vatican: It’s OK to believe in aliens The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, says that the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones. In an interview published Tuesday by Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Funes says that such a notion “doesn’t contradict our faith” because aliens would still be God’s creatures. The Vatican has a chief astronomer? Seriously? I swear, somewhere Galileo must be spinning in his grave. While this does little to change my own thoughts about the possibility of life … Continue reading Vatican: It’s OK to believe in aliens
In an interview with Christianity Today, Laura Blank – an emergency communications officer for World Vision – spoke about what their agency has been able to do to help bring relief aid to the people of Myanmar since day one of the disaster. As soon as the storm ended, we were able to begin distributing rice, clean water, fuel, rebuilding supplies, and blankets—the basic things that we wanted to get to people as soon as we could. Because we’d been there for so long, we were able to purchase goods locally and in bulk, and try to start some of … Continue reading World Vision: Bringing aid to Myanmar while others couldn’t
Mudpuppy is right. With all the traffic our blogs receive we really should be using our influence to help bring relief to those suffering in Myanmar. By now you’ve seen the reports of the catastrophic conditions the people of that country face after a cyclone ripped through the region several days ago. The death toll is now at 25,000, an additional 41,000 are reported missing and over a million people are now homeless. The Myanmar government is making it difficult for U.S. aid to enter the region – making things worse for those who are suffering – but there are … Continue reading Aid for Myanmar
A quick glance at the Huffington Post headlines right now tells the same story I’ve been hearing all morning in the news and on the web. Last night could very well have marked the end of Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency. OBAMA VS MCCAIN …CLINTON OUT OF MATH, MONEY AND MOMENTUM… THE MATH: Obama 184.5 Delegates From Nomination, Clinton 341… 217 Delegates, 270 Superdelegates Left… THE MONEY: Clinton Lends Herself Another $6.4 Million… $11.4 Million In Total… THE MOMENTUM: Senior Clinton Official: “It’s Going To Be Tough For Us… We Lost This Thing In February”… Hillary Cancels Morning Show … Continue reading Is it over for Hillary?