Category Archives: Culture

Peggy Noonan blogs

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.

A walk to Defeat ALS in New Haven, September 16

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

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. 

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

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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The matter is settled….

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Difficulty with beauty

I met a man this afternoon doing some business with us on marketing and the question of beauty came to the fore. He remarked on how we are among the few clients he has who have concern for beauty, simple sophistication, not foppishness. I recalled for him that beauty is a theological datum; it is such a principled piece of Catholicism that it is shameful of what passes for beauty.

Several years ago I came across a couple of lines of Cardinal Ratzinger’s that speaks of beauty as really, really important. He said, “A theologian who does not love art, poetry, music and nature can be dangerous. Blindness and deafness toward the beautiful are not incidental; they necessarily are reflected in his theology.” In other words, don’t trust a theologian who has no regard for beauty.

Then on FB I noted this quote and image on beauty.

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It is one of the notable sadnesses of our time that so many are incapable of fascination with the deeper levels of human beauty, especially those rooted in the spirit, levels that far transcend physical attractiveness.  Before lofty human traits some people are more or less apathetic, listless, unmoved, even hardened. And many seem to die as they live. 

Thomas Dubay. S.M., The Evidential Power of Beauty, p.64-65.

About the author

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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