July 12, 2012 4:28am

I’ll get as much energy as a hippo that runs through the night! I’m having more fun than turtles on Tuesday! Tomas Rocha, age 5, at Bunker Beach in Blaine, Minnesota. … [Read more...]

July 11, 2012, 5:53pm

A short, brilliant piece of advise from NPR’s Ira Glass for people — especially young people — doing creative work. The message is simple: keep working hard; do lots and lots of work; it will help you get to a place where you can reach your creative ambitions. The longer version — Ira Glass on the Art of Storytelling — can be found at Open Culture. … [Read more...]

July 11, 2012 4:41pm

Here is recording of the guest lecture I gave yesterday at the Church of Saint Paul in Ham Lake, MN: “Sts. Augustine and Monica, the Head and the Heart.” The talk follows the annotated outline below:I This talk will introduce St. Augustine’s Confessions by making a somewhat bold claim: St. Monica is the sine qua non of the book, the character without which there is nothing at all. This claim asks us to imagine Augustine confessing to Monica, a story of a son confessing to his mother. Frami … [Read more...]


Things have been quiet here with lots of good stuff going on here locally. Yesterday I played with Sonar for the Diocese of Crookston’s leadership camp and today I’ll be delivering a guest lecture on Augustine’s confessions at the Catholic Church of Saint Paul. I hope to have it recorded and should post it here this week. Then, I’ll be headed down to the Republic of Texas for a week.  Every time I’ve predicted a quiet website, I seem to contradict myself. Hopefully t … [Read more...]

July 6, 2012 6:32pm

In my latest contribution to Contending Modernities — a blog based at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies — I continue thinking about science and the end of the world, through the lens of 90’s pop-culture: Aliens and the longings of late modernity: reflections on “Independence Day” … [Read more...]

July 6, 2012 6:33am

I am a book lover. I love books. Yesterday, I bought three books at Goodwill and received two more in the mail. Here is a short (less than half an hour), striking, timely, and, for reasons and sentiments I cannot quite find words for, moving documentary about books and their future: Epilogue: The Future of Print. Most of all, it is about the book as art. (And no, the perhaps ironic convergence of analog and digital worlds in this post doesn’t bother me in the least.)Speaking of books: I’m finis … [Read more...]

July 6, 2012 3:08am

You were able to redeem from pedagogy a man, to make a man out of a candidate for genius. May you make men, men of flesh and bone; with the companion of your life may you make them, in love, in love, in love and not in pedagogy! Miguel de Unamuno, translated from Amor y Pedagogía. (This quote is the epigraph to my newest, forthcoming book, Liturgy as Mystagogy.) … [Read more...]

July 4, 2012 4:45pm

Happy Birthday, “Baby” Gabe! Today we’re celebrating our youngest son’s golden birthday — turning four on the fourth. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

The Rumpus Does it Again

The Rumpus has been consistently producing “must read” original essays on my Twitter feed. This is one — Truth in Nonfiction: A Testimonial — is extra special to me because of its honesty and subtlety. It seems prone to misunderstanding, to defensive, presumptuous, and convenient readings. Please, read it with attention to the story — nothing more, nothing less. It is well worth your ten minutes. SR … [Read more...]

Forthcoming Guest Lecture on Augustine’s Confessions

One week from today, I will be giving the first of two guest lectures at the Catholic Church of Saint Paul in Ham Lake, Minnesota. This first lecture is titled “Sts. Augustine and Monica, the Head and the Heart.” Those familiar with my work — especially my former students — will find no surprises here. In fact, I must thank those students who undertook a semester long study of the Confessions at the Wabash College Newman Center during the Fall semester of last year. In … [Read more...]