Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Let's Talk Gilbert

By now, everyone should have their "Food" issue (Jan/Feb 2009) with the great art work which you can buy for your home or office (or even stationary) here.

If you are like me, you received your copy on Ash Wednesday, a day of fast and abstinence, and after suffering through various mouth-watering articles, had to set it aside and wait to read the remaining articles until Thursday.

What did you enjoy about this issue? Wasn't it fun to read the mini "food" articles by the various Gilbert writers? And I also enjoyed the Gilbert food quotes about breakfast (and how every meal, technically, could be called break-fast). Ted's graphics, once again, were terrific. What did you enjoy?


  1. Was there any particular reason for all the articles being about food?

  2. By the way, poets are silent on the subject of cheese no longer! Visit


  3. Nope, just an idea someone had about having a theme to the issue, which we sometimes do. Like we recently devoted an entire issue to the charge of anti-semitism. We had one on evolution recently, etc.

  4. Certainly not, OFL! There are others, even out here in the e-cosmos, such as my ballade called Cheese. I have another which I shall post when I have completed my Lenten work. I recall hearing a great one at one of the recent conferences, and there was some discussion of getting together several such poems... a very cheesy idea...

    And about the issue - I particularly liked the article on hospitality. There's a LOT to say about that mystical word, exalted even in ancient Roma.

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  6. I wrote a discussion of Fr. Schall's article, if you'd like to see it...


    I think I'm starting to get this hyperlink thing, Dr. Thursday.

  7. David Gagerberg's article on Gluttony got my attention. I'm basically a fat person who happens to be in one of my thinner phases. For those of us who suffer from the vice of gluttony, we can only pray to gain more of the virtue of temperance. Check out todays (March 4) Catholic Online at

  8. So how do you put a hyperlink in a comment? Anyone?

  9. BC: see the instructions over in the comments of this post.

  10. Thank you, Dr. Thursday.

  11. I very much enjoyed the Gilbert quotes about breakfast, and Dale's article on "The Creator of the Ice-Worm Cocktail." Being an uneducated commoner, I had no idea who Robert Service was. Now I do, and I have Gilbert Magazine to thank. I took Dale's advice and looked up "The Ballad of the Ice-Worm Cocktail." What a fabulous poem! I will be sure to look up more of Mr. Service's work.

    Also, being an engineer who spends far too much of his life in a cubicle, I particularly enjoyed Joe Walsh's article on "Life in the Cubicles." I read with fascination and horror about the workers scurrying off to grab lunch, only to scurry back to the isolation of the cubicle. How sad, but how very accurate. The bit about continuous conference calls is also right on. I have never felt so depressed about my job. Thanks Gilbert Magazine... only kidding, of course :) However, I will resolve to eat lunch with my coworkers much more often. If, at my workplace, I can create some semblance of a family sharing a lively meal around the lunch table, I think I will have made a fine Chestertonian contribution to the corporate world.

  12. Mark, it is certainly possible to introduce Chesterton into the high tech world... (though I had a lab, and not a cubicle, and it was a lot more isolated, for everyone's good. Hee hee!) Arne Sakneussemm wrote, Quod feci meaning "I did it". I almost always ate lunch with my co-workers.

    (No, alas, we never ate on the floor. Nor on the roof. I can give the GKC refs if you want them.)

    Sometimes we ate dinner too, with beer, though not in the building, and as my boss would tell you we got some of our best work done then. Bar napkins are such a Chestertonian part of engineering.

    And if you want to hear about my experiences, there's two versions, fiction and non-fiction depending on your tastes. And even now if you ask certain people in cable TV how - er - it was done, they will tell you "thirteenth century metaphysics"... alluding to GKC's Heretics CW1:46, which I "resorted to, inspired by the hope of getting something done." Hee hee!

    P.S. Don't let the cubicle get in the way. For the grandest answer to that little oddity, read The Ball and the Cross; you'll know when you get to it.


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