Born to Run

“I came to ruefully and bemusedly understand that once you’re a Catholic, you’re always a Catholic…This was the world where I found the beginnings of my song. In Catholicism, there existed the poetry, danger and darkness that reflected my imagination and my inner self. I found a land of great and harsh beauty, of fantastic stories, of unimaginable punishment and infinite reward.” ~ Bruce Springsteen

To write is to think, to live, to pray

It is a bright afternoon: what am I going to do? I am going to work with my mind and with my pen, while the sky is clear and while the soft white clouds are small and sharply defined in it. I am not going to bury myself in books and note taking. I am not going to lose myself in this jungle and come out drunk and bewildered, feeling that bewilderment is a sign that I have done something. I am not going to write as one driven by compulsions but freely, because I am a writer, because for me to write is to think and to live and also in some degree even to pray. ~ Thomas Merton, The Intimate Merton, September 27, 1958

Christianity is…

“Christianity is wholly and entirely confident hope, a stretching out to what is ahead, and a readiness for a fresh start. Future is not just something or other to do with Christianity. It is the essential element of the faith which is specifically Christian.”

Jürgen Moltmann, Sojourners

Promise of No Child Left Behind falls short – USATODAY

 

Yet after a decade on the books, President George W. Bush’s most hyped domestic accomplishment has become a symbol to many of federal overreach and Congress’ inability to fix something that’s clearly flawed.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/story/2012-01-07/no-child-left-behind-anniversary/52430722/1?csp=34news

NYT: Brad Pitt

” The central contradiction can be summed up thus: Mr. Pitt is a superstar who also happens to be something of a wild card. He has steered clear of action franchises and romantic comedies, the typical cornerstones of a major 21st-century screen career. Although he has not shied from big roles -they don’t come much bigger than Achilles (“Troy”) or Death (“Meet Joe Black”) – he has often sought the cover and camaraderie of ensembles, as in the “Ocean’s” movies and “Inglourious Basterds” (which are among his highest-grossing hits).”

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/01/01/movies/awardsseason/brad-pitt-discusses-moneyball-and-tree-of-life.xml

NYT: President Obama Military Strategy

“President Obama has for the first time put his own stamp on an all-encompassing American military policy by turning from the grinding ground wars that he inherited from the Bush administration and refocusing on what he described as a smaller, more agile force across Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East.”

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/01/06/us/obama-at-pentagon-to-outline-cuts-and-strategic-shifts.xml