Technical Difficulties

I'm experiencing technical difficulties at the moment; which is to say that my computer appears to have a failing hard drive. As a result I lost my blogging time yesterday evening, and I'm going to lose much of it this evening taking the beast down to the repair shop. With luck, things will return to normal tomorrow. … [Read more...]

Admin: Missing Blog Comments

I've just noticed that comments are not being displayed for blog posts older than May 20th. I'm not sure why; I've contacted the Patheos operations folks, and I hope we'll have them back soon. … [Read more...]

A Note for Passing Atheists

St. Dominic

I’ve recently been getting more attention from atheist commenters, due largely to my posts about what religion is good for and my interview with Leah Libresco about her new book, Arriving at Amen.  Most of these visitors have been reasonably polite, contrary to the usual stereotype (sorry, guys, but comment boxes seem to bring out the worst in people, and it always applies to people on both sides), and I’ve been having enjoyable conversations with 3vil5triker and Ragarth.And then once in a wh … [Read more...]

The Eagle Has Landed!

You're right, that's not a boy scout uniform.  He's also in his fourth year of JROTC.

To become an Eagle Scout, you need to do a significant service project demonstrating leadership and management skills. You also need to be a Life Scout with sufficient time in rank, earn thirteen specific merit badges plus eight more of your choice, and be a troop officer. And you need to do all of this by no later than the day before your 18th birthday.My son David's 18th birthday is tomorrow.This past Sunday, by dint of heroic effort, he completed the Cooking merit badge at the … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas, Every One!

I'm most unusually going to take some time off from blogging this week, and enjoy being home with the family. May you and yours have a most blessed Christmas; and if you don't celebrate Christmas, may this season still be everything you hope for, within the limits of the law and the well-being of your neighbors.I might pop in now and then over the next week or so; but if not, see you in the New Year! … [Read more...]

Scholastic Maxim of the Day

From nothing, nothing comes.That's not an excuse for not having a more substantial blog post...but it could be. … [Read more...]

New Directions

I've been writing here at Patheos for a little over a year. When I started, I promised myself that I'd post every day, and I've kept to that schedule; but in the meantime, other responsibilities have crept up on me. I started assisting in my parish's RCIA program last year, and this year I'm leading an increasing number of the sessions. I've also got new responsibilities in my Lay Dominican chapter. And then I got started with Quill, which I'm enjoying immensely but which also takes up a … [Read more...]

Catching up….

So I got back from the conference late Saturday afternoon, had my Dominican chapter meeting and similar church responsibilities all day yesterday, have work responsibilities all day today and (most unusually) through the evening, and RCIA tomorrow evening.I'm hoping to get back to a regular blogging schedule ASAP, but it may take a few days. … [Read more...]

Portland, O Portland

So today is my last full day in Portland, and due to the weather and the conference activities I haven't actually been out of the hotel since Tuesday evening. (It was genuinely icy at times yesterday.) I'm going to have to go out today, though, as the conference is over just before lunch and the hotel restaurant is your basic $50 steak place. The clouds appear to be thinning this morning, so with luck even if it's cold it might not be wet or windy. We shall see.My talk went well … [Read more...]