Guest Post: Ina Albert on Changing Faces of Spirit


            “Religion is an agreement between a group of people about what G-d is.Spirituality is a one-on-one relationship."~ Conscious Way MagazineIt was the 1960’s and I went to the right rather than to the left.Someone gave me a copy of Atlas Shrugged and I swallowed it whole. Especially the part about altruism and religion being irrational and atheism being the only intellectual alternative.As a follower of Ayn Rand and Objectivism and a Republican-for-Goldwater, I rejected my … [Read more...]

Reblogging from Dave McKinney: Why I left


Today one of the finest people I ever worked with as a reporter resigned from my former employer, The Chicago Sun-Times. Dave McKinney is a gentleman and an outstanding journalist who I was honored to work with for a decade in Chicago.Dave didn't deserve this. Journalism doesn't deserve this. I mourn the Sun-Times of bygone years. I thought you should see what's happening in too many quarters of the once great Fourth Estate.Read Dave's blog post, Why I left.Read Robert Feder's column … [Read more...]



Today, the blog tour continues with my co-editor (the whole book was her idea, btw) Jennifer Grant.Read Jen's blog tour post HERE. … [Read more...]

DISQUIET TIME: Welcome to the Land of Misfit Toys

Inhabitants of the Land of Misfit Toys. Image via

I'm very excited to announce that next week (on Tuesday 10/21), my latest book, DISQUIET TIME: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels hits bookstores everywhere.Let me tell you a bit about the book, which is quite different from anything I've done in the past. First of all, I didn't write the whole thing. Along with one of my best friends, Jennifer Grant, I acted as co-editor of the book and contributed two chapters to it as well. Jen and … [Read more...]

Are You Skepical, Faithful, or a Scoundrel? Take the Disquieting Bible Quiz!


Are You Skepical, Faithful, or a Scoundrel? Take the Disquieting Bible Quiz!. … [Read more...]

U2′s Songs of Transcendence


Sunday evening I did something I haven't done in close to 30 years: I went to an actual record store and bought a brand-new U2 album on vinyl, took it home, pulled out the turntable, put on my headphones, sat on the floor, and stayed up way too late reading the liner notes and listening to the songs over and over again.Lord, how I've missed this particular ritual.When I was a teenager, late Sunday nights were when I indulged my secret pleasure by listening in bed (clandestinely so as not … [Read more...]

Images of Rome, September 2014


I spent 10 days in Rome in early September following an intensive course of study on "The Catholic Church in the Age of Francis" at Pontificia Università della Santa Croce (aka the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross) as part of the Church Up Close program.I highly recommend it if you ever have the chance. Totally priceless experience. … [Read more...]

Chatting with a Writer Friend


Thanks, Trish Ryan, for this awesome post about Disquiet Time ( which hits bookstores near you on OCT. 21!ORDER YOURS TODAY! … [Read more...]

Thank you, Roy.

Roy Larson

Last week during the annual Religion Newswriters Association convention in Atlanta, my mentor as a religion journalist, the GREAT Roy Larson — he the former longtime religion reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, publisher of the Chicago Reporter, professor at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism where he spearheaded a vanguard program to train journalists to cover religion (in all its varied manifestations) in the secular media — was honored with … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday: We Are Good.

Cathleen, age 3, in front of the Roman Catholic church in Milford, N.H.

Today's my birthday and I asked friends to send me YouTube links to their favorite songs so I could make a playlist. We're up to about 75 now (and I will share it later) but my sweet friend Jennifer just sent a link that reminded me of a favorite I'd rather forgotten about over the years.Alanis' words are my prayer for all of us today on the anniversary of my birth, and at the start of a new year (for my Jewish friends and family.)We're good, folks. All of us. Even if we gain 75 pounds. … [Read more...]