Get Behind Me, Pokemon?

In a waking haze a few weeks back I was scanning the news links with my morning coffee and saw something that said: “Pokemon GO sends people to church!” Not my cup o’ tea, so to speak – also, not being hip to Pokemon – other than knowing what the Pocket Monster thingies look like – I did not follow the link.That same day, I returned from lunch to witness 4 cars parked on a parish driveway by the church drop off. The drivers were all just staring down at their phones.When I came into the o … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS: Men & Women Are Different!

Mom and Dad were watching TV when Mom said, "I'm tired, and it's getting late. I think I'll go to bed."She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day's lunches. Rinsed out the popcorn bowls, took meat out of the freezer for supper the following evening, put spoons and bowls on the table and started the coffee pot for brewing the next morning.She then put some wet clothes in the dryer, put a load of clothes into the washer, ironed a shirt and secured a loose button. She … [Read more...]

Grant Me To See (With 2.5 Readers)

The ol’ peepers just ain’t what they used to be. Ten years ago I was assisting with a funeral with eight other clergy. For the first time I was having trouble seeing the service book and holding it further, closer, etc, when a Greek priest said:  “Fr Joseph!  Where are your glasses?” I smiled proudly and said, “I don’t wear glasses.” He hissed:  “I know. WHERE are your glasses?  That afternoon, I bought my first pair of Readers.Aging, in small measure, has its funny moments.For example: S … [Read more...]

In Hell, On My Cell, Searching Up Paradise

 The phone. We could answer or not. We could take it off the hook. I could be disconnected. We could change numbers and no one could find us. We could just unplug it from the wall. We could, forgive me this, LIE and say we didn’t hear the phone, or we weren’t home …Then, the answering machine. We could leave witty greeting messages. We would return home excitedly to the blinking of the light indicating that someone cared enough to leave a message, or two, or SEVEN! Or we could save m … [Read more...]