Thomas J. Craughwell

Thomas J. Craughwell is author of the new book 101 Places to Pray Before You Die: A Roamin’ Catholic’s Guide (Franciscan Media). His other books include Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America (Quirk, September 2012), The Greatest Brigade: How the Irish Brigade Cleared the Way to Victory in the Civil War (Fair Winds, 2011), and Stealing Lincoln’s Body (Harvard University Press, 2007).

Bedeviled, Bothered, and Bewildered in Minnesota

 

The Devil was planning an excursion to Belle Plaine, Minnesota, but the city council derailed his visit. The town’s Veterans Memorial Park has been a focus of controversy since January 2017. Well, not the entire park, just a particular portion of it. The park had been home to a veterans’ memorial, a sculpture in silhouette […]

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A New Jersey College Has Just Discovered the Governor’s Stash

 

Most college kids have a stash. No doubt more than a few college professors have a stash. But Kean University in New Jersey is unique in the nation for having just found the governor’s stash — no, not Governor Chris “The Beachmaster” Christie — but of William Livingston, the first governor of the state. And […]

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An 820-lb. Wild Hog Is Rooting Around Your Front Porch: What’s the Protocol?

 

Wade Seago of Samson, Alabama, knew something was amiss when his daughter started screaming and his schnauzer started barking. From a window he could see that his dog, Cruiser, had cornered a wild hog — a very, very big wild hog — about five yards from the family’s front porch. The Seago place sprawls over […]

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‘Don’t You Doubt Miss Melly!’

 

Olivia de Havilland is going to court. The day before her 101st birthday, the grande dame of Hollywood’s Golden Age filed suit in the Los Angeles County Superior Court against FX Networks and Ryan Murphy Productions. What’s the beef? In his made-for-TV hit mini-series, Feud: Bette and Joan, producer Ryan Murphy and his screenwriters included […]

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‘Don’t Try That Mess Here in Oklahoma’

 

Recently, a letter came to Dr. Katricia Pierson, president of Eastern Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. Her correspondent was a representative from Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU). For a college president, a letter with that return address has got to be one of those “Oh, crap. Now what?” moments. If you’re […]

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Abraham Lincoln, Studmuffin

 

Let’s be honest: the homeliest president was Abraham Lincoln. That lopsided face. Those ginormous ears. The perpetual bad hair. And it’s not just me. Men and women who saw Abraham Lincoln in the flesh did not pull their punches about his appearance. Five years into their marriage, Mary Todd Lincoln admitted her husband was “not […]

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Not All Americans Are Grieving for Otto Warmbier

 

“Send bombers, and turn North Korea into a parking lot.” That was my initial knee-jerk reaction when I heard that Otto Warmbier was dead. It was not the most Christian thought ever to flash through my heart and mind, and going to war against that pariah state would cause a world of hurt and a […]

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Sorry Ladies, You’re the Wrong Kind of Muslims

 

The two women invited to the Dirksen Senate Office Building last week seemed like the kind of expert witnesses any Democrat, especially a female Democrat, would love. Both have become respected academics, authors, and activists for women’s rights. Both are outspoken critics of religious extremism. Both are Muslims, and both are critical of Muslim extremism, […]

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It’s The Wolf of Wall Street’s Birthday — What Do You Give Him?

 

If today F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway had their famous exchange about the rich, it probably would go like this: Fitzgerald: The rich are different. Hemingway: Yes. They get better swag. Two rarely linked sources, the Hollywood Reporter and ArtNews, tapped into this modern phenomenon with recent stories about the 2013 Martin Scorsese film, The […]

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Thomas Aquinas College Goes Bi-Coastal

 

In what ranks as one of the most generous collaborations between two colleges, the Moody Center, a training institute for evangelical Protestants, has transferred ownership of almost all of its Northfield Seminary campus in Massachusetts to California-based Thomas Aquinas College, one of the most faithful Catholic colleges in the United States. And it was not […]

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