"Do not try to please everybody. Try to please God, the angels, and the saints—they are your public."
~St. John Vianney (1786-1859)

Paul Johnson’s View of Current American Politics

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 28, 2016 | No Comments

When Excess Is A Virtue The mental infection known as “political correctness” is one of the most dangerous intellectual afflictions ever to attack mankind. The fact that we began by laughing at it–and to some extent, still do–doesn’t diminish its venom one bit. PC has an enormous appeal to the semi-educated, one reason that it’s struck roots among overseas students…

Beauty and Goodness

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 25, 2016 | No Comments

When I was no longer of this world, I would miss its extravagant beauty. I would miss the complex and charming layers of subterfuge by which the truth of the world’s mysteries were withheld from us even as we were tantalized and enchanted by them. I would miss the kindness of good people who were compassionate when so many were…

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Mark Twain on Self-Awareness

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 24, 2016 | No Comments

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.

On Marines and Walls

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 23, 2016 | No Comments

  Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That…

Description of an Arcade

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 22, 2016 | No Comments

The machines beeped, rang, tolled, chimed, bleated, tweedled, whistled, rattattooed, boomed, shrieked, squealed, ululated, roared like gunning engines, emitted scraps of bombastic music, the screams of virtual victims, twinkled, flashed, strobed, and scintillated in all known colors, and swallowed quarters, dollars, more voraciously even than the iconic Pac Man had once gobbled cookies off a million arcade screens in an…

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Panda Cubs Harrassing Zoo Worker

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 18, 2016 | No Comments

Zen and the Art of Hot Dogs

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 16, 2016 | No Comments

  A Zen student walked up to a hot dog vendor and said “Make me one with everything.”

Intolerance

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 15, 2016 | No Comments

Intolerance of your present creates your future. ~Mike Murdock

Angelic Innocence

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 12, 2016 | No Comments

My second revelation was the recognition of the unblemished innocence of her soul compared to mine or to that of any human being. She didn’t need a new Ferrari or a week in Vegas to know joy. For her, bliss was a belly rub, a walk on a sunny day – or in the rain, for that matter – an…

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The Lexicon of Decadence

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 8, 2016 | No Comments

By Thomas McKenna In today’s society it is not hard to imagine the following casual conversations over a mocha chai latte at Starbucks: What is your particular gender expression or presentation at this time? Do you self-identify as transgender or cisgender? Are you transitioning to another gender? Are you a victim of transphobia? If the terms and phrases above seem…

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