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March 14, 2013
Pope Francis, Our American Pope
I just arrived in Portland, Oregon. It was a long, beautiful train ride. My pope...
March 11, 2013
Papal Indifference and The Will of God at the Bowling Alley
I don't care who our next pope will be. I find the fanfare understandable and...
March 05, 2013
The Teacher-Centered Classroom
Last week I gave two talks at Wabash College. The second talk was unfortunately not recorded....
February 25, 2013
Beyond the Funk: Prayers for Quvenzhane Wallis UPDATED
Last night on Twitter, during the fanfare of the Oscars, the satirical news publication, The...
February 21, 2013
Solidarity in Vulgarity: The Funk in Racist Jokes (A Reprise)
As a sequel to my previous Black History Month re-post, "White History Month," from earlier...
February 19, 2013
Is God an Introvert? A Review of “Quiet,” by Susan Cain
Michael Richmond was not my student, with the exception of his senior comprehensive oral exam....
February 17, 2013
On the Death of Matthew Crawley
There is something about season three of Downton Abbey that I really liked. Something dark....
February 17, 2013
Economics Makes Us Crazy
I have no misgivings about, nor apologies for, my near total ignorance of economics. I...
February 13, 2013
Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down
My dear friend’s dog, Remus, is dying of cancer. Remus is a beautiful greyhound who...
February 11, 2013
Benedict XVI: A Portrait of Humility
I was a senior at Franciscan University of Steubenville when Pope John Paul II died....
February 08, 2013
Beyoncé and My Legs
I started shaving my legs in high school, from the calf down, to get my...
February 04, 2013
“White History Month”
Two years ago, during my first year of teaching at Wabash College, I was invited...
January 29, 2013
Space, and not being smart in an e-mail.
Sorry, readers. The end of the month is usually the time when I'm trying to...
January 22, 2013
Guns AND Religion?
During Obama's first go-round in 2008, there was a big flare-up surrounding his comment about...
January 20, 2013
A Tale of Three Cubicles (full length)
Part One I was first assigned to the beam-cutting station, but I asked to be...
January 20, 2013
A Tale of Three Cubicles, Epilogue
Part I Part II Part III I was destined for the collar. Everyone seemed to...
January 17, 2013
Les Miz Sux: In Defense of Lisa Hendey’s Mom
Lisa Hendey's mother is exactly right: the latest film adaptation of Les Misérables is terribly depressing. It is...
January 16, 2013
Abortion or Religion? A Quandary
When I taught at Wabash College, there was a Protestant non-demoninational congregation down the road...
January 15, 2013
“One Pop Harem,” a bedtime story by Sam and Sam
Another "former student and present friend" (I've been blessed with several of them) and I...
January 14, 2013
In Praise of Cigarettes
I begin with a generous pinch of finely cut tobacco, cradled inside a creased, rectangular...
January 13, 2013
A Tale of Three Cubicles, Part III
Part I Part II The opening details are mostly unimportant. The hiring process was convoluted...
January 10, 2013
A Tale of Three Cubicles, Part II
Part I. Bilingual Benefits Representative. That seemed pretty good. What was it? Target Corporation, corporate...
January 05, 2013
A Tale of Three Cubicles, Part I
I was first assigned to the beam-cutting station, but I asked to be reassigned. I...
January 04, 2013
New Year’s Eve
I spent New Year's Eve with a buddy from college. We weren't super close while...
January 04, 2013
Would you subscribe to an e-mail? Should you pay for it?**
In the early nineties, my Father started a non-profit organization to support our family's ministry. Missionary...
December 31, 2012
Education, The Craft of Desire
There is a universal and inextricable relationship between desire and belief. This relationship contains and...
December 30, 2012
The Holy Family: A Portrait of Humility**
On today's Feast of the Holy Family we hear a story about parents losing their...
December 28, 2012
The Culture Wars Are Over
It began when a mostly intelligent, cheeky, and sometimes rabble-rousing group of students I befriended...
December 26, 2012
The Sacred Excess of Christmas
Dear Fellow Catholics, Merry Christmas! Cristus natus est! It's party time. A time to feast and...
December 19, 2012
Those Immune to Violence Arm and Disarm
My late Tio "Manino" (short for Marcelino) had an bottle of Mexican brandy beside his...
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