In the Gutter

From Nicholas D. Kristof in the New York Times:

But what about Father Michael Barton, a Catholic priest from Indianapolis? I met Father Michael in the remote village of Nyamlell, 150 miles from any paved road here in southern Sudan. He runs four schools for children who would otherwise go without an education, and his graduates score at the top of statewide examinations.

Father Michael came to southern Sudan in 1978 and chatters fluently in Dinka and other local languages. To keep his schools alive, he persevered through civil war, imprisonment and beatings, and a smorgasbord of disease. “It’s very normal to have malaria,” he said. “Intestinal parasites — that’s just normal.”

Father Michael may be the worst-dressed priest I’ve ever seen — and the noblest.

Anybody scorn him? Anybody think he’s a self-righteous hypocrite?

On the contrary, he would make a great pope.


Have Marmite, will travel

From the Economist:
Travel like a journalist
Take a laptop bag, add shirts, a near-empty tube of toothpaste, Blu-Tack, Marmite (although be warned it can attract the attention of security forces), an extended battery for your laptop, some biltong and a few other small items, and you're ready to whizz round the world like a foreign correspondent.


Science and faith are allies

From a USAToday article about Francis Collins, head of the National Institutes of Health:

"The God of the Bible is also the God of the genome," Collins said. "God can be found in the cathedral or in the laboratory. By investigating God's majestic and awesome creation, science can actually be a means of worship."


Tasty Teeth

Personally I'm holding out for Marmite flavored toothpaste:

Chinese consumers seem to have even more of a taste for variety than most. P&G produces its Crest brand of toothpaste in a mouth-watering array of flavours, including lemon, tea, strawberry, salt and honey. --Impenetrable Oct 15th 2009 | SHANGHAI |From The Economist


RIP Scotia

So long faithful feline friend.