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Most Beautiful College Churches

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At the website for Best College Reviews, where apparently no one ever looked up the meaning of the word "cathedral," they nonetheless have assembled what they deem the 30 most beautiful campus churches. I would quibble with putting the Cathedral of Toledo and Santiago de Compostela on the list, just because they are adjacent to a campus and have some association with that school: They are not campus churches. But, it is nice to look at pretty pictures of buildings consecrated to worship.

SOTU Bingo at NETWORK

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If you would have told me this time last year that NETWORK would be hosting a game of bingo on the theme of finding the Holy Father's words in the State of the Union speech, I would have told you that you were nuts. But, our friends at NETWORK have the Francis wind at their back and have more hope than I do that the wind will carry all the way to the podium in the House of Representatives where Obama will deliver his speech. And, what catholic doesn't love bingo? 

What Obama should say tonight

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The State of the Union speech is, admittedly, one of the worst speeches to have to deliver on the planet. Every White House speech-writer will tell you they begin with the idea that, this year, the speech will not turn into a laundry list, but each year, a laundry list it becomes. Additionally, since these speeches have been broadcast, the president has two audiences, the members of Congress in the room and the television audience outside, and it is often difficult to speak to both groups at the same time.

Another Week, Another Flashmob

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Turns out I am not the only one who thinks flashmobs are just great! I got several emails from friends who agreed with me that last week's feature, of an orchestra and chorus doing the "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Ninth was one of the best flashmobs they had ever seen. The combo of such a staple of the classical repertoire performed in such a different style is just plain fun. But, this one, sent by a friend, may even be better. Hard to top a couple hundred Russians trying hard to look like Gary Cooper.

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