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American Moonshot

At the beginning of Advent we finished reading American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race by Douglas Brinkley. The book closely tracks Kennedy’s career and involvement with the race for space.  With his death the book effectively … Continue reading

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If

Two weeks ago we finished If: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years by Christopher Benfey.  One surprising feature of this biography is that Rudyard Kipling was actually in New England for a good portion of this time, not so … Continue reading

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Dead Wake

Just as we broke for the Lenten season, we were reading Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson.  Perhaps the most significant fact to learn from this narrative is that the sinking of the Lusitania (May … Continue reading

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God’s Hotel

We recently finished a book at table, Victoria Sweet’s God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine that took me by surprise by the amount of its monastic content.  I suppose the use of … Continue reading

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Into the Raging Sea

Recently we finished reading Rachel Slade’s Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro.

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Thirteen Days in September

We are currently reading Lawrence Wright’s Thirteen Days in September: The Dramatic Story of the Struggle for Peace about the Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel reached in 1978.  Wright as usual tells a good story.  In 2007 we … Continue reading

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American Sweepstakes

A few days ago we began Kevin Flynn’s American Sweepstakes: How One Small State Bucked the Church, the Feds, and the Mob to Usher in the Lottery Age.  Given that the small state in question is our very own New … Continue reading

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Chiefs of Staff

Given all the news about chiefs of staff at the national level, and even regarding the appointment of a chief of staff for the president of Saint Anselm College, we have been reading a timely book at table, Chris Whipple’s … Continue reading

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Fifth Year Anniversary of Abbot Mark’s Election

In honor of the fifth year of Abbot Mark Cooper’s election as the fifth abbot of Saint Anselm Abbey, I thought I would repost the joyous video of the monastic community’s procession into the abbey church when it became public … Continue reading

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Archbishop Joseph Rummel

A week ago Wednesday, on February 1, Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B., preached a homily on the readings of the day (Hebrews 12 & Mark 6:1-6), incorporating into the homily an inspiring narrative on one of the first alums of Saint … Continue reading

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