Culture: August 2012 Archives

Until I read this story in the National Catholic Register (NCR) I didn't know who Kellen Clemens was. Those who know me know that I am not a follower of football, let alone any other sport for that matter. I am not anti-sport, I am just not a sports-type-of-person. But, I fact I fully advocate an integration of faith and morals in the world of sports; something that many other sports-people could benefit from. What caught my eye in the NCR were the words "Catholic" and "St Louis Rams." Interest piqued. I am glad it did. Until now one would think that Tim Teabow was the only man in American football that had a faith life. As it turns out, Kellen Clemans also believes in God, is a Catholic and a family man. Let's pray that these virtues remain solid for a very long time. The NCR story is not only a good human interest piece but it emboldens the rest of us (I hope).

Read Trent Beattie's article "St. Louis Rams' Quarterback Is 'Catholic by Blood'." But one section is worth quoting here (emphasis mine).

Did you grow up in a devout family?

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I'm a cradle Catholic, with four sisters, and the faith was always an integral part of our lives. I went to confession, received holy Communion and was confirmed. We were taught the difference between right and wrong and enjoyed the stability that brings. We also benefited from being so close to nature on our family's cattle ranch. That encourages you to be humble and also to respect and work with God's creation.

Peggy Noonan blogs

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WJS Peggy Noonan blog pic.jpgI find one of the most consistently reliable persons that we ought to read is Peggy Noonan. Her considered opinion is needed today. She's a published author of 8 books on culture, religion, politics and history. You may remember Ms Noonan as an assistant to President Reagan.

Plus, Ms Noonan is an incredibly fine person.

Visit Peggy Noonan's Blog, and bookmark it.
T-Shirt_Logo.jpgMy friend Father David Bornio sent me this note asking to kindly to get the word out. If you live in the New Haven area, please consider walking to Defeat ALS.

A walk to Defeat ALS will be held Sunday, September 16, 2012 at Lighthouse Point Park New Haven, CT 06512. 

Registration at the park will begin at 10 and the walk at 11. To register now, visit  or call 203-874-505.

Proceeds from the walk to Defeat ALS fund vital services for Connecticut patients and families living with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and support research to find a cure. Volunteers and donations would be greatly appreciated. 

The ALS Association Connecticut Chapter is located at 4 Oxford Rd., unit D4 Milford, CT 06460. Please direct donations to (heavens hopefuls). 

Presently, Sister Marie Elise, Deacon Horace Harmor, Father David Borino and many of our New Haven friends are living with this illness. 

Lou Gehrig, the famous baseball player walked 1508 times for his team. How about walking once for ours? 
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The Gremlin still prowls

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Gremlin.jpgI've been walking past this AMC Gremlin for two years now. I am now taking a picture of it for the sake of culture, even if it's a wrong side up. This car resides as it were on East 68th Street in NYC.

When I was kid my mother had a silver AMC Gremlin car. It was an interesting looking car but I remember a dreadful driving experience.

According to the stats the AMC Gremlin was manufactured for 8 years (1970-78) and with a production total of 671K. You can more about this car's cultural relevance at the link above.

May it rest in peace.
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Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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