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).

‘The Princess Bride’ Is 30? Inconceivable!

 

Remember video stores? They tended to be hole-in-the-wall shops stacked floor to ceiling with VHS cassettes of every movie you didn’t want to rent, but you couldn’t rent the one you wanted because it had been rented already. In terms of customer satisfaction, this unhappy arrangement was problematic. But if video stores did one thing […]

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A Marilyn Monroe Thanksgiving

 

The Society of Mayflower Descendants in Plymouth, Massachusetts, keeps pretty close watch over folks who can trace their lineage back to the Pilgrims. Among the descendants are the predictable (the Adams clan), the shocking (Lizzie Borden and John Hinckley), and the wildly unexpected. At the top of the heap in the Wildly Unexpected category is […]

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Why Communism Is Bad

 

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Regnery Publishing has released The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism: The Killingest Idea Ever. If you’re nor familiar with the Politically Incorrect Guides, it’s a series designed to correct the biases and inaccuracies that tend to creep into books on history, politics, and religion. Depending on […]

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For You We’ll Make an Exception

 

George Washington will be booted from the church he helped to found in Alexandria, Virginia. To understand what’s happening, we have to go back more than 100 years. In 1870, the clergy and communicants of Christ Church, an Episcopal congregation in Alexandria, commissioned two memorial tablets as tributes to the church’s two most famous parishioners, […]

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Black Elk Works Miracles

 

Nicholas Black Elk (c.1863-1950) was an Oglala Lakota medicine man, mystic, and Catholic catechist (a member of the laity who assists priests and nuns by teaching the faith to children and to adult potential converts). It has been estimated that Black Elk was responsible for bringing approximately 400 Lakota into the Catholic Church. His commitment […]

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What the Well-Dressed Anarchist Is Wearing This Year

 

For the title of Grand Poobah of Dorm Room Start-ups, it’s a toss-up: Mark Zuckerberg, who developed Facebook, the Godzilla of social media (over 500 million users world-wide), or Bill Gates, who invented Microsoft, the world’s largest manufacturer of software. Both guys were students at Harvard. After they came up with their bajillion-dollar ideas, both […]

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The Last of the Signers

 

This month marks the 285th birthday of Marylander, Charles Carroll, the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence (because he was the only Catholic delegate sent to the Continental Congress), and the man who out-lived all of his fellow signers. In 1732, the year Charles Carroll was born, only one of the Thirteen Original […]

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Bring Back Horsewhipping

 

Okay. Now I’m pissed off. Vandals have defaced the Baltimore monument in honor of Francis Scott Key, whose most famous work is known today as “The Star-Spangled Banner” and is, of course, our National Anthem. The scumbags who vandalized the monument splashed it with red paint (which has become their oh-so-subtle trademark — “Look! It’s […]

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Off With His Head!

 

A few days ago, the first employee to show up at the office of the Old Mission Santa Barbara discovered something very, very wrong. During the night, an intruder had entered the mission grounds, hacked off the head of a life-size bronze sculpture of St. Junipero Serra, then doused the mutilated statue with red paint. […]

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A Case Study in Anti-Trumpian Selective Outrage

 

The largest donation Oxford University ever received in its 900-year history was $100 million from Leonard Blavatnik. The gift was to fund the creation of a department for the study of government, and today Oxford is home to the Blavatnik School of Government. Leonard Blavatnik is a Ukrainian-born billionaire who, according to The Guardian (UK), […]

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