The Story of Stuff

This online video comes to me from Fr. Vincent of the New Skellig Celtic Christian Community in San Francisco. Take a few minutes out of your busy day and watch it.If you want to visit the website related to this video, here it is: The Story of Stuff Project. … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

After that for many days, without wind in her shrouds or foam at her bows, across a waveless sea, the Dawn Treader glided smoothly east. Every day and every hour the light became more brilliant and still they could bear it. No one ate or slept and no one wanted to, but they drew buckets of dazzling water from the sea, stronger than wine and somehow wetter, more liquid, than ordinary water, and pledged one another silently in deep draughts of it. And one or two of the sailors who had been oldish … [Read more...]

My Little Hitchhiker

Yesterday I got a massage (after the events of the past week, I needed it). When I was driving home, I was at a stoplight on North Druid Hills Road in Atlanta, about to turn onto Interstate 85 north, when a wood wasp landed on my driver's side mirror. It proceeded to climb behind the mirror into its encasement, with only its little wasp-butt visible to me. At that point the light turned green and off I went, onto the interstate.I imagine the car going in excess of 60 MPH was a bit more than my … [Read more...]

Locking the Barn Door After the Horse is Out

Here's a glimpse into the kinds of things that are happening in Carl's and Fran's world...We've issued fraud warnings with the credit bureaus, closed Fran's checking account, and placed warnings on my and Rhiannon's accounts (because the thief got our information due to my doing the taxes with TurboTax, and also helped himself to four books of Fran's checks); We are shopping for a safe. We are shopping for a home security system. We've signed up for .Mac so that we can use its web-based … [Read more...]

Ministry in the Emerging Postmodern World

Here is a succinct slide show that begins to describe the important distinctions between modernity and postmodernity, and what a difference that makes for people of faith.[slideshare id=351486&doc=ministry-1208139814839629-9&w=425]I think it's a few years old, but since it's new to me, I figured it might be new to a few other folks as well. Thanks to the ever-resourceful Mike Morrell for passing it on. … [Read more...]


Fran and I went to church twice today: with my dad at the Lutheran Church we've been taking him to in Athens, and then later in the day at our home Catholic Church.So twice today we've prayed the Lord's Prayer. "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us" takes on an entirely new depth of meaning when reeling from being burglarized!But it's a good new depth. Fran and I were talking yesterday about how it's stuff like this that puts one's faith to the test. Sure, … [Read more...]

Silver Lining

It's way past my bedtime — but I wanted to just take a minute to post my first blog entry from my new MacBook. I'm two thousand dollars deeper in debt than I was this time yesterday (let's hear it for a speedy processing of my insurance claim), but I've got a sweet new laptop to show for it.Meanwhile, we just keep stumbling into freaky new rooms in this topsy turvy funhouse. Fran discovered that about 150 of her checks are missing. Looks like we'll be closing our bank accounts ASAP. … [Read more...]