Some of you may be like me, trapped in an On Demand, Hulu , Netflix cycle of must watch TV that requires a spreadsheet to track schedules, characters and plots; which allows me (and perhaps you) to avoid the news detailing what a mess this country is. The news is typically so dispiriting that I … Continue reading Constitutionally Speaking: Guns and Religion
When I was growing up in the '70s, my brother was an altar boy at our parish church, Our Lady of the Lake. Back then there were only altar boys, not altar servers like we have now which includes girls. I would always read the bulletin to see who was serving which mass the next … Continue reading The Ash Wednesday Altar Boy
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. I'm giving up bread for the next 40 days. If I do that successfully, it will be the second time in a row and in my whole life that I have stuck to my Lenten guns. Last year was Diet Coke. I was thinking about giving up … Continue reading Let Me Ash You Somethin’
In 1793-94, the Reign of Terror led by Maximilien Robespierre resulted in the execution by guillotine of thousands of "enemies of the state", as labeled by the Committee for Public Safety. The official number of death sentences served during the Terror is 16,594 infamously including Marie Antoinette of lemony cake fame. According to the website … Continue reading Terror in France (and All Over the Place)
Ten years ago on Good Friday my dad was dying. Not like, he was sick and frail and was going to die soon. Dying. Multiple organ failure and that Friday his kidneys were beginning to fail. Renal failure generally means you aren't long for this world. He had been ill for weeks. My parents came … Continue reading A Miraculous Good Friday to You!
How do you eat an elephant? You know, because an elephant is really, really big and could weigh up to 12,000 lbs, so it would be really tough to plan an eating strategery. I doubt anyone would want to eat a real live elephant so let's instead ask, "how do you eat a 12,000 pound … Continue reading The Miracle of Elephant Eating