Saturday, July 21, 2007

the nearly ridiculous and not quite sublime

a couple of stories i had wanted to blog but never got round to ...

lawn chair pilot flies with 105 balloons ok, it wasn't 99 red balloons, which would have been serendipitious, but still a lovely story about a guy in his garden in oregon trying to fly to idaho

a couple of weeks ago the news was that the pope had removed restrictions for celebrating an old form of the latin mass that included prayers calling for the conversion of the jews. the observer newspaper covered this story here. in a panic, i wrote a dear friend in virginia, that i got to know through the interfaith association there. she reassured me that first of all, many of the younger people do not even know that mass and secondly, she is pretty sure that if and when it is celebrated, it will be without the offensive prayers.

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