‘VAGINAS WIN! VAGINAS WIN!’: Reductio ad Lady Parts

My lady parts, what's left of 'em, are feeling mighty marginalized this morning, after waking up to the news that they did not get invited to the Grrrrrl Power party that reelected President Obama. Being respectable card-carrying feminist lady parts, activated in the 1960s, they are astonished to learn how far the mighty have fallen. "WTF?" they are asking. "Didn't we already fight this battle? Didn't they hear us roar in numbers too big to ignore that women are more than the sum of their lady … [Read more...]

I’m That Guy: The Gunpowder of Being Catholic in Public

On the eve of a contentious election, pondering the explosive nexus of faith and politics.Please to remember The Fifth of November Gunpowder, Treason, and Strife . . .Back when I was in my Anglican interim, I loved commemorating Guy Fawkes Day. A haunting little historical nursery rhyme, bonfires, the burning of effigies, and children in raggedy clothes with ash-blackened faces accosting householders, begging A penny for the Guy!---what's not to love? I had a vague notion of the … [Read more...]

5 Things That Too Shall Pass

When we were kids, and grieved some ill or injustice, my mother would say, "This too shall pass." We never believed her, and she was always right.I need her back. I'm feeling stuck in all kinds of impossibilities and griefs at present. That's why my friend Jean's photo---the phrase THIS IS ONLY TEMPORARY stenciled on a concrete barrier by the Great Miami River---speaks so strongly. The phrase carries the weight of consoling prophecy, and Jean's discovery of it was a piece of lovely … [Read more...]


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