Author Archives: Jim Fair

About Jim Fair

Jim Fair is a writer and consultant. He lives in the Chicago area and has a wonderful wife, son and daughter. He enjoys fishing and occasionally catches something. He tries to play the piano and sings a little. In addition to writing for Regnum Christi Live, he blogs at Laughing Catholic. And you can follow him on Twitter: Jim Fair (@fishfair).

Lessons from the Flu

I have the flu. It hurts. I’m saying that not because I’m looking for sympathy. I’m just one of a few million people who have the flu. I mention it to put everyday life in perspective. Most of us have … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Ravioli — The Next Generation

The moment had been creeping up on me for more than a quarter-century, but I didn’t see it coming. Not the time. Not the place. Not the circumstances. I sat in my kitchen, just a couple days past Christmas 2017. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Resolved to be Unresolved

As the end of 2017 looms, talk turns to the making of resolutions for the new year. In this, I am a non-participant, perhaps even an anti-new-year-resolutionist. My reason for eschewing New Year’s Resolutions is simple; if there is something … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dangerous Expectations

A priest I’ve known for many years always wishes me a “Blessed” Christmas this time of year.  Never a “Merry” Christmas.  Never a “Happy Christmas.”  And most certainly, never “have a good one.” After he had done this a couple … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Frankenstein vs. the Pope

Frankenstein has been the subject of many movies, some campy classics and some rather awful. Frankenstein with Boris Karloff (1931, is likely THE Frankenstein flick, although there were earlier versions – and a couple dozen later ones. I admit my … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Easy Love/Tough Love

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Time to Renew

I have had the experience a few times.  It happens during Mass and it makes me squirm.  I might even sneak a look around to find out if people are looking at me.  And I’m willing to bet I’m now … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Days of Disaster

  Devastating hurricanes hit the Caribbean and Southern United States.  Terrifying earthquakes strike Mexico.  For reasons unknown, a man rains terror on a concert crowd in Las Vegas, killing dozens and wounding hundreds. What an awful summer, filled with despair … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

A different flavor of PDB

The President of the United States gets many perks.  Living in the White House.  Smart folks to help.  Air Force One.  Camp David. And he also has each morning should he wish it, the opportunity to review the President’s Daily … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Don’t exaggerate death

The report of my death was an exaggeration. – Mark Twain I hope never to read my own obituary.  On the one hand, if it were accurate, I would be dead.  On the other hand, if it were inaccurate I … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment