“Where Were You?”

Alan Jackson, struggling to understand 9/11, woke early one morning in October 2001 with this song in his head. He was reluctant to record it, feeling it would be exploiting a tragedy, and originally intended to just perform it on the Country Music Awards show in November 2001. Although it would be mocked in some [Read More...]

A Prayer For 9/11

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Dear Lord, as we remember the evils of September 11th, let us turn our hearts and minds towards the good found only in You; Be close to those who mourn: the parents who lost children, the children who never knew a parent, and all who lost a loved one; Embrace this grieving nation, and let [Read More...]

My Wife Replies to “Are You Being Called?”

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My wife decided to reply to my post Are You Being Called?, and I thought it was worth its own post. So, here’s the perspective from my (much) better half. Since Tom kind of called me out in his post, I decided to chime in too. I remember sitting in Mass that morning 10 years [Read More...]

Tarot in Games Magazine

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For those who followed the tarot posts, the issue of Games featuring my tarot story should be on stands this week. Here’s the cover: The version here at God and the Machine is about twice the length of the magazine version, and greatly expands the religious content.   [Read more...]

Are You Being Called?

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One Sunday evening, ten years ago, my wife went to a meeting at church. Our parish had a new DRE, and she was attempting to create a real religious education program for the parish’s growing number of children. My wife can speak to her own reasons for going to that meeting, and maybe she will [Read More...]

Ask a Slave

If this hasn’t already gone viral, it’s about to. Funny, funny stuff from Azie Mira Dungey, an actress who played the Washington’s house slave, Lizzie Mae, at the Mount Vernon historical site. The questions are actual things people have asked her. The only minor annoyance is the “Jefferson had sex with his slaves” line (a slander [Read More...]

A Brief Rant on the Looming American Health Care Disaster

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Salty language ahead. I decided to blog angry, which I rarely do. Sometimes anger is clarifying. Writers, artists, musicians, etc are set to lose their health care under Obamacare changes. Sweet sweet poetic justice. As I get put through the wringer over changes this asshole and his asshole supporters forced on us (we just lost [Read More...]

RIP, Monsignor Richard Tofani

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A most excellent priest passed away suddenly last week. Msgr. Richard Tofani was the pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Hainesport, Trenton Diocese. Msgr. Tofani was a good man. He always helped out with my wife’s First Reconciliations, and several hundred of our parish children had their first experience of the Sacrament from [Read More...]


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