Weekly TV Picks

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Guts & Bolts

History Channel, 2 p.m.

This episode literally takes us for a ride, showing us how breathalyzer devices work, what being in a car crash (at the Collision Safety Institute in San Diego) is like and how the demolition folks at Al-Jon Inc. in Iowa go about crushing old cars five at a time.



Pax, 8 p.m.

Drama, comedy and a love angle are a good mix in this family-friendly “westerner hits the Big Apple” series. Country-western singer Billy Ray Cyrus lets his acting talents shine as a Montana physician who joins an HMO in New York City and shakes things up with his horse sense, decency and solid principles. In a recent show, Doc used 3-D ultrasound images to get a dad to assent to his wife's wish to let their daughter be born. Dave and Gary Johnson created this series, which also stars Andrea Robinson.


Musical Specials on PBS

PBS, check local listings

Watch for these musical specials this month. The Barra MacNeils' Cape Breton Christmas features the MacNeils, the Ennis Sisters, Fiona and Ciaran MacGillivray, and other Celtic music stars. In A Gospel Blue-grass Homecoming, Bill Gaither and Marty Stuart host gospel and bluegrass bands and stars in beloved standards and newer tunes. In John Tesh's Christmas in Positano, Tesh, his band and the Italian Symphony visit Italy's spectacular Amalfi coast to perform carols at the harbor in Positano, Amalfi's Cathedral of St. Andrew, the town square in Ravello and the cliffs above Sorrento.


The Journey Home

EWTN, 8 p.m.

Viewers can phone and e-mail queries to Marcus Grodi and guests on every “Open Line First Monday.” Tonight's guest is Register staff writer Tim Drake, an ex-Lutheran.


Al Roker's Colonial Christmas

Food Network, 9 p.m.

Yankee Doodle knew how to celebrate Christmas, as these recipes prove.


Decorating Cents for the Holidays

Home & Garden TV, 9 p.m.

Hostess Joan Steffend shows us how to decorate inexpensively for Christmas.


Paula's Home Cooking

Food Network, noon

At a car show, Paula indulges Americans' love for burgers, hot dogs, fries, shakes and apple pie.


Makeover Mamas

A & E, 3 p.m.

Starting at 3 p.m., four half-hour episodes of this series introduce us to four sets of husbands and wives — and to their mothers as they redo rooms in their kids' homes.

Dan Engler writes from Santa Barbara, California.

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.