“I Am Dog!”

This is Ivy.

An Analysis of the Cognitive Patterns of the Common House Ivy IVY: Oh please dad, I have to go out! I have to go out SO BAD! I have to pee! Pleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease! [kind-hearted human lets dog out in the backyard] IVY. Oh my! GRASS! When did this get here?! I love to roll in it! [Read More...]

How I Work

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The How I Pray series was inspired by Lifehacker’s How I Work series, which asks tech and business folks a set of questions about their work habits.  I decided to answer those questions myself as a counterpart to the prayer series: ora et labora.  Location: The New Jersey Pine Barrens Current Gig: Writer, editor One word [Read More...]

Finding That Safe Place in the Imagination, With General Urko and Dinosaurs

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On Monday, Kyle Cupp asked his Mindless Monday Question: What toys from your childhood do you most wish you had with you today? Elizabeth Scalia replied with Answering Kyle Cupp With A Plastic Trumpet and a Scream. I’m  answering with this: If you recognize this as General Urko from Planet of the Apes, then you are probably [Read More...]

Seven Quick Takes: Things I Saw On Vacation

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We don’t vacate much here, and when we do we try keep it to driveable locations where there’s something to do. The beach vacation is simply a mystery to me. I don’t understand the appeal of flying somewhere to sit on a beach and work on my melanoma. I don’t even like beaches. These criteria [Read More...]

7 Quick Takes: Personal Edition

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Regular readers know that I’m not really a confessional blogger. I don’t talk about my personal life or use this is space as a kind of public diary. So, in the interest of slightly correcting that, I’m using Jen’s 7 Quick Takes format to share 7 things about me, personally. –1– During the period when [Read More...]

The People of God in Joy and Sorrow

The sky early this morning was a terrible-beautiful slate gray, shot through with black. A cold mist seemed to hang in the air, threatening rain. I don’t complain about days like this. Incessant sunshine is intolerable. Blue skies and spring flowers are sweet and lovely, but give me the grays and ambers of autumn any [Read More...]

“It’s Not Complicated” (And a Note of Thanks)

Ending where we always end: at the foot of the cross with a promise of resurrection.

Just a brief note of gratitude to everyone who offered prayers or left comments here and on various social media outlets and other blogs. My friends and colleagues and total strangers all reached out with sympathy and kindness. The grind of the past few weeks wore us all down, but it all finished in glory [Read More...]

In the Midst of Life, We Are in Death

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After a long final illness, my father finally passed away early this morning at the age of 90. Although he lived well and died at home, it was an emotional and physical rollercoaster at the end, and I was left trying to figure out the point of it all. Does it mean something, or is [Read More...]


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