• Muppets gone wild

    I have a confession to make. I never watched a complete episode of “Sesame Street” from start to finish, although I feel I know the show well because of the way it has become a cultural mainstay for more than a generation.

  • The King of Fantasyland

    Years ago I was standing in line to see the movie “Excalibur,” director John Bormann’s excellent and very stylistic version of the Arthurian legend.

  • Death in the afternoon … and in the morning and evening as well

    I did not watch the televised murder of news reporter Alison Parker and her cameraman Adam Ward in Virginia. I don’t watch ISIS beheading videos and when I detect something wicked this way coming on the TV I reach for the clicker.



  • Unfolding the divine plan

    Just last week, Stephen Colbert gave an interview in which the depth of his Catholic faith was on pretty clear display. Discussing the trauma that he experienced as a young man — the deaths of his father and two of his brothers in a plane crash — he told the interviewer how, through the ministrations of his mother, he had learned not only to accept what had happened but actually to rejoice in it.

  • A hunting we will go

    It would not surprise me in the least that by writing the words “Cecil the Lion,” the lion’s share of this readership (sorry about that, but I couldn’t resist) would respond “Cecil the who?” 

  • Generation gaps

    I recently participated in a series of leadership conferences where you go through all kinds of self-evaluation exercises, listen to leadership gurus, find out what your personality type is and then, imbued with these newfound insights, in a perfect world, implement all this wisdom knowledge and become a Zen-like master of management.

  • The game’s afoot

    Sherlock Holmes books were some of the first “serious” books I read and it was love at first sight. They were a little complicated but not impossible to follow and the stories were perfect fuel for stoking the imagination of a young reader. I revisited some of the books later in my dotage and found them just as enjoyable.



  • Feeding frenzy

    If you think you’ve seen your quota of blood and tearing of flesh in a generation’s worth of Shark Week, think again. For the hunting and feeding habits of your typical Carcharodon Carcharias pales in comparison to your average television newsroom when it comes to covering tragedy.



  • Strange indeed

    Whether it was guys wearing animal skins hunkered around a campfire or Boy Scouts out on their Jamboree, the ghost story has been a staple of human entertainment. Now, there is a lot of caution bandied about, as I have bandied myself, about the occult and how careful we should all be when approaching it for entertainment purposes.

  • Honestly funny – comedian Jim Gaffigan blends faith, humor in new TV show

    God and comedy clubs are not generally something most families throw together; then again, most families don’t create a cable comedy show either.

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The family is God’s dream for his creation

Archbishop José H. Gomez

I am writing to you this week from Rome, where we have just begun the second day of the Synod of Bishops on the family, which will run Oct. 4–25. 



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October 10, 2015

  • Saturday, October 10

    Boutique, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Oct. 11, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Bruno, 15740 Citrustree Rd., Whittier.  For more information, call Evelyn, (562) 760-2824.

    Our Lady of Fatima Celebration/Rosary Rally, 10:30 a.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Irwindale, 16025 E Cypress, Irwindale. Rosary will start at Irwindale Park at 12 p.m. (after Mass).

    Forget-Me-Not Luncheon, 11 a.m., Wilshire Country Club, 301 N Rossmore Ave., Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children Auxiliary is hosting a benefit luncheon to celebrate the Center’s 30th anniversary. Lunch will be followed by a reception and silent auction with mistress of ceremonies Margaret “Peggy” Bartenetti. $125. For reservations, call Eleana Williams, (323) 227-9738.

    “Faith & Hope: Beyond Prison Walls” Art Show, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Homeboy Industries, 130 Bruno St., Los Angeles. 

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