On Euclid Avenue there is a diner called the Beef Snak Coffee Shoppe (très intime). I was in there late one night last week chomping away on a beef snak with onions, and nit-picking among my streams of consciousness, when happily my eye fell on a spare copy of The Metal Workers News. Late at night in East Cleveland, it seemed worthwhile to catch up on the metal workers’ game, and I really was impressed with the number of things I didn’t know a thing about. There were even pictures of men who have “made good” in terms of the standards upheld by The Metal Workers News.

I was reminded again that in Pike County, Kentucky, there is a newspaper called The Pike County News with the sub-heading, “The only newspaper in the world devoted to the best interests of Pike County.” Rumor has it that the newspaper in Bath, England, is called The Bath Observer, and I am glad to report this. Up at Ravenna, Ohio, they used to have a sign outside town that said: “The Home of the World’s Highest Flag Pole.” A good friend of mine knows of one town that advertises itself as “The Home of Jim Greengrass”; but this same friend said that he asked a youngster one time, “Isn’t this the home of Dizzy Dean?,” and this youngster said, “Who’s Dizzy Dean?” Mutatis mutandis. “The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings”; and if God is even half as much interested in his creation as I am, he must have, among other possibilities, a very interesting life.

The word is around that it is time “for the Church to listen to the world,” and this I would be very happy to do if I could find out what the world is saying. “The common people heard Him gladly,” and this was one of the wonderful things about him: ...

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