Bruce

Bruce, savin' the world... Tied up the Christmas movie marathon this evening with the annual viewing of Die Hard.  Indeed. Not a Christmas movie, you say? Oh, ho, ho! How wrong you are! There are very few movies that elicit quite this brand of Christmas cheer! I learned something new today as well. According to the... Continue Reading →

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To be the chaplain

Accidental Saints found its way into my library hold shelf a while back. I didn't review it. Not because it wasn't good. Just because I didn't. I can do that sometimes... read a book and not even have the decency to write about it. Apologies. I loved it. Nadia Bolz-Weber is a foul-mouth overly-tatted rough-and-tumble... Continue Reading →

Timing

I've been wondering why it is that flashes of brilliance - or at least flashes of our best selves - manifest themselves while we're in no position to act on them. Creative juices, spiritual prods, humanitarian urges. They all arrive when we are somehow incapacitated. I'm sure I'm not alone. You are resolved (and possibly... Continue Reading →

The myth of balance?

Someone recently told me that balance doesn't exist. Balance. As in the thing we're all striving for in our lives. Doesn't exist. I wasn't sure exactly how I felt about it at the time. I wasn't affronted, which might have been a natural reaction given the collection of hours I've amassed in the pursuit of... Continue Reading →

Unearthing

"Do not let your intellect be disturbed by mere names, for Paradise has simply clothed itself in terms akin to you" (Hymns on Paradise, 11), admonished St. Ephrem the Syrian. Paradise is in this world. It is inside of every earthman and earthwoman and all around them, waiting to be reclaimed. ~ Vigen Guroian, The Fragrance of God... Continue Reading →

On compassion…

I judge. It is what I do. I am a people watcher from the word go, and for me it is not generally an exercise in edification, mine nor those so tormented to be found beneath my gaze. I do work very hard to stand in the way of my own comfort at the bench,... Continue Reading →

Hold on to what you believe…

Some years ago, in the midst of some particularly dark times, a wise man pulled a wiser quote out of his wise pastoral hat. It took me by surprise, dried my tears mid-descent, and returned me to the path I was to be following. No pomp or fanfare - and only a little wimpering. Never... Continue Reading →

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