Author Archives: dpmonahan

Cheap Booze

Another repost from the soon-to-be-defunct blog. I used to be the kind of man who would waste his hard-earned money on expensive liquors. I would shell out wads of cash for bottles of Laphroaig or Glenlivet, Plymouth and Tanqueray. I would spend hours trying to mix the perfect Old Fashioned or Martini. Vanity of vanities! St […]

Beethoven’s Mass in C Major

Repost from my other, soon to be defunct blog. Last night I continued my spring concert plans with Beethoven’s Mass in C Major preformed by the Worcester Chorus. I’ve never heard it before, though it felt familiar since I’ve sung Schubert’s Mass in C Major. What can I say, I didn’t like it. For the most part, […]

Movie Review: Princess Mononoke

This is based an old post that was originally published elsewhere.  We live in an age of transition (or as I like to say, an apocalyptic age): older ways of experiencing the world are dying away, and we do not know what the new world will bring. Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke, which takes place in medieval Japan, is […]

Exhausting Morality 2

Ace of Spades has a good post on the meltdown of ESPN (or as we call it here in New England, the Four Letter Network). One of ESPN’s talking heads made some stupid comments about Trump on twitter and the Four Letter Network gave her a firm talking to but did not suspend her, as […]

When your morals are exhausting

I am theoretically sympathetic to veganism but one of my complaints about it is that it is exhausting. Vegans I’ve known seem to yo-yo between guiltily eating meat and missionary zeal, passing from one phase to the other other as sure as the waxing and waning of the moon. The vegan tends to move from […]

The Most Irritating Homily of the Year (Rant)

Today’s Gospel (27th Sunday in Ordinary Time) is Mt 18:15-20 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that […]

Good Deeds Not Required

Bonum facendum, malum evitandum is the axiom that governs our practical behavior: do good, avoid evil. What good and evil consist of is not always clear, but the axiom always holds. Of the two, the malum is easier to define. The Ten Commandments list eight evils to avoid, but only two goods to do. Legal codes […]