February 18, 2020

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: February 15, 2020

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: February 15, 2020 Happy Valentine’s Day, a day late. • Valentine’s Day wasn’t always about love The earliest possible origin story of Valentine’s Day is the pagan holiday Lupercalia. Occurring for centuries in the middle of February, the holiday celebrates fertility. Men would strip naked and sacrifice a goat and […]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: February 8, 2020

  The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: February 8, 2020 Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend. Ready for some brunch? You know what? On January 25th Internet Monk hit 300,000 comments, on roughly 6500 posts since January 2004. Pretty cool. The Kansas City Chiefs scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to come from behind […]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: February 1, 2020

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: February 1, 2020 A picture’s worth a thousand words… • • • • • • • • • • Commercial preview… • From Marketwatch • On my winter playlist…   I awoke today and found the frost perched on the town It hovered in a frozen sky, then it gobbled […]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 25, 2020 — Profound Thoughts Edition

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 25, 2020 Profound Thoughts Edition Before we pass on a few profound (and not-so profound) thoughts over the Brunch table today, allow me to share a link to a truly profound conversation between “eco-theologian” Michael Dowd and our own Damaris Zehner. Dowd blogs at Post-doom and you can find […]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 18, 2020

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 18, 2020 In 1868, Charles D. Blake took advantage of the interest in President Andrew Johnson’s  impeachment by writing a polka in honor of the occasion. Since he added no words, we don’t know how the composer felt about the POTUS or his trial. However, the fact that he […]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 11, 2020

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 11, 2020 READ THIS PLEASE: I promise that this year — election year though it may be — will not find Internet Monk dominated by political themes and commentary. We won’t avoid it either, but when we deal with political matters, I will try to focus primarily on the […]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 4, 2020 — Annual Review and Preview

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 4, 2020 It’s almost Epiphany, the end of the 12 Days of Christmas in the Western Christian world. Time to take the Christmas decorations down. Our friend Mike Bell thinks his neighbors might have left theirs up a bit too long. Today, we will look back on 2019 here […]

New Year’s Brunch, December 28 2019

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend. Ready for a New Year’s Brunch? I actually don’t have any items about New Years in the New Year’s Brunch. I just like saying New Year’s Brunch. It makes me feel sophisticated and cosmopolitan. Don’t judge. But it is still holiday time, so this week’s entries are all […]

Christmas Brunch, December 21, 2019

Hello, friends. Ready for a Christmas Brunch? Let’s take a break from politics and divisiveness and focus on Christmas. We will start with some silly stuff, give a few lists, pose a couple discussion questions, and then conclude with Madonnas from around the world.   THE TWELVE THANK-YOU NOTES OF CHRISTMAS Dec 25 My dearest […]

Saturday Brunch, December 14, 2019

Hi, friends, and welcome to the weekend. Ready for brunch? Well, it’s mid-December, and you know what that means: Superfluous college football bowl games, of course. This year there are 40 (count ’em) bowl games. Which, if my math is correct (an unlikely occurrence) translates into 80 teams playing in a bowl this year. Now, […]