commented on Alma Mater, or Not
Thanks for this nice piece. As a kid who attended catholic schools during the same era in the Chicago 'burbs (Benedictines, not Jesuits), I didn't have quite the same exposure to liberation theology and theological liberalism (our high school principal, a monk who took an ostensible vow of poverty, drove an Excalibur).
Nevertheless. Loyola ranked high on the typical Chicago-area catholic high school kid's list, second only to Notre Dame in attracting my classmates.
As for me (like Dan, I think), I hightailed it to that large downstate public university to get far, far away from the catholic milieu and strictures.
Given your family connections, I can see how you would feel betrayed by this latest swipe against treating our brothers and sisters with humanity and humility...as for me? Nope. It's all of a piece with my past and current experience with that most peculiar institution.
commented on Harold Ramis
He was a brilliant writer and comedian, as well as a zen mensch, if there is such a thing. We will miss him.
commented on I Feel Like Babies Born With Parts of Their Skulls Missing Should Get More Attention
@20: A prospective study in the area might be worthwhile, but interview-based retrospective studies of birth defects are notoriously subject to recall bias. The parent of a child with the defect scours his/her memory to try to determine what might have caused it. Parents of control (healthy) children don't do that. Given that problem, the use of records abstraction for the prenatal and early-pregnancy period (before the defect was known) are probably the most viable approach.
commented on Gold Star Comment: A Correction
I, too, thought that figure skating was a sport until I learned today* that dropping a feather from your costume counted as a point deduction.
*Yes, via the Today show, dammit.