It’s Christmas. Don’t sweat the small stuff. And it’s all small stuff. Especially politics. … More The little things
Out of the mouth of babes Our two little granddaughters spent the night with us a few days ago. It was the first time we’d had them both at once. Although we were a bit concerned that the movie picked out for the evening, The Polar Express, might go over the two year old’s head, she was … More He who must not be named
Ever heard of vivisection? It comes from Latin words meaning “alive” and “cutting.” It’s the practice, in other words, of cutting living creatures. Sounds pretty creepy. And for that reason, the term’s largely fallen out of use. But the word can also refer to what many of us have experienced as the beneficial effects of surgery. … More Just because we can . . . does it mean we should?
Are wedding vows pie crust promises, made to be broken? Or something more in line with the crucial role that marriage plays in society? … More On marriage.
Making war cool. Even for women! … More Join the army. Go to distant lands.
Bud’s Warehouse. Rebuilding lives with a little help from our friends: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. … More Bud’s Warehouse: Rebuilding lives
Are we living in a way that honors our heritage, brings life to the present, and we can be proud of passing on to our descendants? … More III. The Communion of Saints.
The horrific sex scandal in the Catholic church. Ancient history? Or torn from today’s headlines? Hard to know for sure. But all a friend can say is, ‘Ain’t it a shame?’ … More II. The Communion of Saints.
I’m on the road. Again. Marleen and I flew to visit our son in Omaha. But, because she’s not a fan of long road trips-and I still am-I rented a car and took a circuitous, sentimental journey back to Denver.
On the way, I listened to hours of recorded books: one of the pleasures of road trips for me. One was The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk. The other was The Heart of the Matter, a novel by Englishman Graham Greene, considered by many to be one of the best writers of the 20th century. More later.
My first destination was the far south east corner of North Dakota. It’s where my mom grew up during the Great Depression in a small farm house with her parents and six siblings. … More I. The Communion Of Saints.
Time slips through our fingers so quickly that it perpetually amazes us. But why would we feel that way about our native element? Unless we’re made for eternity. … More Remembrance of things past.